McFadden paying to re-broadcast first senatorial debate in Twin Cities

Republican candidate Mike McFadden clearly thinks he performed pretty well in the Oct. 1 senatorial debate he had with Sen. Al Franken in Duluth. So much so, that he’s paying $5,000 to re-run the hour-long debate on a Twin Cities television station Saturday.

The debate was not broadcast live on television, but was streamed live online and on radio. McFadden bought time to run the debate on WFTC, or My29, at 4 p.m. Saturday.

McFadden said he wants to “show Minnesotans where Sen. Franken and I differ and how I’ll approach the important issues facing this nation.”

He said:

“As I mentioned several times in the debate, Senator Franken has voted with President Obama 97% of the time, putting his party before the people of Minnesota.”

The Franken camp said it, too, welcomes a wider audience for the debate. Ryan Furlong, Franken campaign spokesperson, said:

“We’re happy that more Minnesotans will learn about investment banker Mike McFadden’s support for tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas, that he would undermine Minnesota jobs by building the Keystone Pipeline with Chinese steel and that last year when it came time to answer tough questions about Syria Mike McFadden blinked.”

MinnPost’s Eric Black wrote about the debate last week, and said: “If you’ve been following the race, there wasn’t much new…”

Wrote Black:

McFadden, who was on the attack throughout the debate, repeatedly mentioned that Franken voted with the Obama administration on 97 percent of votes on which the administration took a position. He also said that Franken’s voting record led the Senate in the portion of votes on which his vote agreed with the majority of Senate Democrats.

Franken pushed back a bit, accusing McFadden of “cherry-picking” the votes he was scoring. The third or fourth time McFadden brought up the 97-percent-Obama-voting-record, Franken interrupted sarcastically to say: “What was that number? Let me write that down so I don’t forget.”

The debate was sponsored by the Duluth News Tribune, which has the debate video on its website, and the Duluth Chamber of Commerce.

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Comments (5)

  1. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 10/10/2014 - 01:14 pm.

    The ecomedy

    McFadden is certainly good for the media sector of the local economy.

  2. Submitted by E Gamauf on 10/10/2014 - 04:39 pm.


    The first debate – FarmFest?
    OK, that wasn’t really a debate.

    He really thinks that he performed well in the Duluth debate?

  3. Submitted by Sagrid Edman on 10/11/2014 - 12:08 am.

    McFadden’s comments

    So Franken has voted for 97% of the President’s programs. He repeats this over and over. Is that because he doesn’t expect to support the Republican platform or agenda? For Pete’s sake, Franken is a Democrat. Do you really think that he wouldn’t support the the Democratic agenda? I suspect that Mr, McFadden might have an interesting surprise – if he should be elected (which I don’t think will happen), he will be considered a rebel if he doesn’t support the party agenda most of the time. He won’t have seniority to begin with. You have to earn that in the Senate which takes time and loyalty. He seems to be operating in some kind of a vacuum in which he has created his own view of how politics in the Senate works and he will have the power to create his own agenda.

  4. Submitted by E Gamauf on 10/11/2014 - 07:34 am.

    “Voting 97%” Talking Point

    Some people say that, as though its inherently a BAD thing.

    Let’s remember the Republicans have voted around 50 times against healthcare
    that is already law – and that vote is just a circus event for the cameras!

    Then, feigning panic, the Republican-led house told us that we must make important decisions, or suffer dire consequences about Syria.

    Then – they abdicated responsibility, voted to take 2 months off their already grueling schedule & went on vacation. Campaigns & vacations after they told us we were drowning.

    Both sides of the aisle are partially complicit in the break.
    However, which side told us we were drowning before they walked away?

    The mistake may be that they thought this numbers meme has taken firm hold and the
    miscalculation that rational people can be swept into panic simply for the noise.

  5. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 10/11/2014 - 03:43 pm.

    57% of Americans do not approve of Obama’s performance.

    “Nearly half in U.S. say ACA will make healthcare worse in long run”

    I’d say a guy who agrees with Obama 97% of the time, and who cast the tie breaking vote to enact Obamacare has some explaining to do.

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