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

The Republican challenger will pay $5,000 to air his hour-long debate with U.S. Sen. Al Franken in the state’s largest media market. 

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.

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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.