DES MOINES — State Rep. Abby Finkenauer said Thursday her campaign hopes to work out a debate schedule with U.S. Rep. Rod Blum, R-Iowa, whose job she is seeking in the Nov. 6 election.
Blum has challenged Finkenauer to debate dozens of times ahead of the election in northeast Iowa’s 1st District, which includes Linn County.
Finkenauer, a Democratic state legislator from Dubuque, has agreed to debate Blum but not on any specific dates.
“We’ve had a pretty hectic campaign schedule, actually getting out there and talking to voters face-to-face,” Finkenauer told reporters Thursday. “We’re hoping to figure out some stuff pretty soon here.”
Finkenauer appeared at the Iowa State Fair on Thursday, speaking at the Des Moines Register Political Soapbox.
During her remarks there, Finkenauer emphasized her working-class roots and laid out concerns about high health care costs, the escalating trade war that is impacting Iowa farmers, and that the Republicans in control of Congress may attempt to raise the retirement age for Social Security benefits.
As a state legislator, she said, she has fought Republican policies that she said amounted to attacks on workers and the environment.
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“I haven’t just been a vote against those attacks. I’ve been a voice every single time,” Finkenauer said.
Blum did not accept an invitation to speak at the fair’s Soapbox.
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