Senate Democratic candidates compare experience and identity in the run-up to the primaries

It’s the stretching area for candidates in Iowa’s primaries, and those contenders in the Senate Democratic primary are using their last few days on the campaign trail to assure voters why they have the best chance of winning a US Senate seat in November.

Candidates in the Iowa Senate’s Democratic primary have argued that it’s not just political points, but life experiences that voters who cast their ballots in the June 7 primary care about.

For former MP Abby Finkenauer, she’s a young woman. For retired Admiral Michael Franken, 64, it’s his military service. For City Councilman Glenn Hurst, 52, it’s time as a medical provider in rural Iowa. The three candidates say they are best suited to understanding and addressing the nation’s current issues in Washington, D.C. because of the lives they have led.

Finkenauer, 33, said while campaigning that she is uniquely equipped in this race to talk about abortion access.

she said in Press debate in Iowa in May. “It’s ridiculous to me that we don’t have any more voices standing on this floor now.”

distance Raw vs Wide Leak In May, Democrats nationwide renewed their efforts to federally legalize abortion rights. Democratic strategist Jeff Link said that in past election cycles where abortion has been in the national spotlight, more women have had success in primaries.

Democratic nominee Patti Judge rallied against U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley’s vote against Attorney General Merrick Garland as the Supreme Court nominee in 2016. Roxanne Conlin, who ran in 2010, ran for “right to choose” in her campaign.

“I think if people have a little bit of information on each candidate, I think there’s a huge advantage to being a woman in the statewide Democratic primary,” Link said.

All three candidates support abortion rights. Hurst, who runs a medical clinic in Minden, said he takes on the issue as a health care provider. He said he helped guide women as patients through the process of thinking and finding an abortion service shaped his approach to abortion access, and supported health care policies such as Medicare for All.

“I see this very much as a question of what role the federal government should play in any medical decision, and it’s overstepping,” he said. “The only person who should make that choice is the person who makes it, with access to unrestricted counseling from a medical provider.”

Personal experience is not the only influencing factor: during the election campaign, candidates also highlight their political gains.

Franken’s political director, Representative Russ Smith, said the war between Russia and Ukraine shows the benefits of having someone in the office with military experience. Franken retired as Vice Admiral in the Navy after serving for 39 years, working with U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy in Washington as a legislative liaison.

“We have a candidate who brings with him global experience,” Smith said. “We have a candidate ready on day one, who has global experience by being there, knows how we can be better allies, and deliver better humanitarian relief.”

In the discussion of KCRGFranken was the only candidate who said he would support sending US troops to help Ukraine. He said that if Russian President Vladimir Putin used a nuclear weapon, he would support US military intervention.

“This is a red line,” he said. We must move forward. We cannot allow weapons of mass destruction to be used against a large population and democracy at all without a response.”

While Franken has military experience and Hearst serves as a member of Minden city council, Finkenor’s campaign confirmed that she is the only candidate to hold a federal position in the race as a former Congressman for the 1st District.

Finkenauer said her time in office and her campaign experience as a Democrat in Iowa would give her an advantage in the general election.

“Every time I voted as a Democrat for federal office, we got more votes than the Democrats above us, who got more money, and that’s because of the coalition of voters we have here,” she said. In the discussion in May.

It is a competitive race. According to recent campaign finance reports, Franken has raised more than $1 million as of mid-May, while Finkenauer has raised more than $600,000.

But winning the primaries is just the first step. On Tuesday, the victor will face the Republican nominee in the general election: US Senator Chuck Grassley or Iowa Senator Jim Carlin, Republican of Sioux City.

Strategist Lynk said the desire to replace Grassley is not good enough for a successful Democratic campaign in Iowa. Any candidate who wins the primaries must be prepared to make a good argument for voters to replace the senator who has held his seat for more than 40 years.

“For someone to succeed, who in Iowa never succeeds in attacking someone for being old, never succeeds in attacking their standing,” he said. “You really have to have a reason to replace someone who has been there for a long time.”