He’s a superlative intellect, a hard worker and he required full sentences, correctly written,” Franken said. "My emphasis is to convince Iowa that the Democratic Party represents Iowans," he said. Franken acknowledged that "there are those that would like me to wait two years" before running for the U.S. Senate — a dynamic that "absolutely" could create challenges.

I'm LIVE with Scott Siepker. Franken released a video to the Des Moines Register highlighting his nearly 40 years in the Navy and his opposition to invading Iraq in 2002. His family of 11, with nine kids, did more than its part to keep the town on the map. But he said economic recovery will be the first order of business for the Senate. So I will have a lot of messages, but the first thing I’d like to do is shake a lot of hands and let people get to know me.". It seems likely they’ll once again look to Des Moines and trust national Democrats. He said he bought a house and plans to run his campaign from Sioux City. Franken said his campaign is built on “three pillars,” addressing climate change, health care accessibility and the corrupting influence of unfettered cash flowing into our politics. “And then she had that pig-squealing thing. “There wasn’t much of the pig process I haven’t been intimately engaged in,” Franken said. Race for control of Iowa House extends beyond state's borders, Incentives alone won't clean Iowa's dirty water. When he was 17 years old, Franken began working at Sioux Preme Packing Company to pay for college.

Michael Thane Franken (born November 8, 1957) is an American politician and retired United States Navy vice admiral. Franken insists his campaign is using its time and technology wisely, holding virtual, digital events, running TV ads and making direct mail appeals. So he’s got ample military experience to more than match Republican U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst’s time in the Army reserves and National Guard.

Michael Franken. © 2020 www.desmoinesregister.com. "I'm eager for this opportunity.". But with the current health and economic crises, Franken argues any candidates “smitten” with a president who mishandled the emergency will be vulnerable. "And D.C. Democrats aren't bold enough to confront the climate crisis, the health care industry and Wall Street. 1.9K Views. This is the campaign website of Admiral Michael Franken, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Iowa. Michael Franken, a retired Navy admiral and Sioux Center native, announced Monday he will join the Democratic race for Senate in an effort to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst next November. And it’s still home to me,” he said. (Donald) Rumsfeld’s worldwide ops briefer,” Franken said. Michael Franken: Vote for independent, principled, experienced leadership Iowans need a senator who can match the challenges we face today: ensuring access … More: Who's running for Congress in Iowa in 2020? But ultimately I was summoned to be Sec.

Iowa Democrats have a radical plan to ... increase police funding? Own iconic images of Kinnick Stadium from The Gazette's archive. But U.S. Senate candidate Michael Franken is urging them to chart a different course in the June 2 primary. In an interview with the Register, Franken said Ernst has made "vacuous" promises, but, "that's not my concern.". Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office, 2020 United States Senate election in Iowa, "Franken nominated to take over AFRICOM post", "Statement from Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on Personnel Accountin", "Retired U.S. Navy admiral seeks Democratic nod for Senate in race against Joni Ernst", "Retired Navy Admiral Michael Franken to run for U.S. Senate, challenge Joni Ernst", "A conversation with U.S. Senate candidate Mike Franken", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Michael_T._Franken&oldid=984662768, Candidates in the 2020 United States elections, Wikipedia articles incorporating text from the United States Navy, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 21 October 2020, at 10:42. On August 26, 2019, Franken announced that he would be running for the Democratic Party nomination for United States Senate in Iowa for the seat held by Joni Ernst, a member of the Republican Party.

Iowa Democrats have tried candidates from Des Moines, and nominees handpicked by national party leaders.

The Gazette employs three staff columnists who live and work in Eastern Iowa, and also serve on the editorial board. "But now is my time," he said. U.S. Senate candidate and former Navy admiral Mike Franken speaks about his candidacy on Jan. 4 at the Globe Gazette in Mason City. Easy to forget. Check the numbers. “I think May is going to be a great month for the Franken campaign,” Franken said.

have already begun coalescing behind Greenfield, decided to again run for Iowa's 4th Congressional District seat, formally launched her reelection efforts in June, a February Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll, Your California Privacy Rights / Privacy Policy. The video does not mention Ernst by name, but a picture of her standing to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell flashes briefly across the screen.

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All rights reserved. Ernst’s seat is up for election in 2020. “I was the only person that ever had this ops briefing job who wasn’t fired.”.

... s policy of trickle-down economics and the invasion of Panama and Grenada pushed him away from the Republican party. As commodore, he commanded Destroyer Squadron 28 and Task Group 152.0 for the Eisenhower Strike Group. Scholten instead decided to again run for Iowa's 4th Congressional District seat. [3], In Washington, D.C., he served a fellowship in congressional affairs for the Office of the Secretary of the Navy; as the political-military chair in the Chief of Naval Operations' Executive Panel in Information, Plans and Strategy's Deep Blue staff; in the Assessments Division in support of Navy's representation in the Joint Requirements Oversight Council and in the Joint Staff's Joint Operations Division. According to a report in Time magazine, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer directly advised Iowa Democrat J.D. For one thing, Democratic Senate hopeful Theresa Greenfield is piling up major endorsements from labor unions and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Ernst, who was first elected in 2014 and is running for her second term, formally launched her reelection efforts in June at her annual Roast and Ride fundraiser. Franken was born in Sioux County, Iowa. Columns are the opinion of the author, and include both facts and the individual’s personal insights and perspective. "My concern is representing Iowa and being the best senator I can be for this state and for the nation, with a focus to the next generation," he said. But Franken has to win the nomination, which is a long shot. Yeah, there’s an election coming up. And the prize for winning in June is a November contest against Ernst, who will be favored and well-financed. He presented the worldwide orders book to Secretary Donald Rumsfeld from 2003 to 2005 and was the first military officer to serve as a legislative fellow for Senator Ted Kennedy.

He joined the navy at age 22 at the urging of an older brother.[8]. She also has the most cash. Because I think that squeaky wheel no longer squeaked,” Franken said. "We represent national security. Franken attended Morningside College and graduated on an ROTC scholarship from the College of Engineering at the University of Nebraska before entering the United States Navy in 1981.

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