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Ernst, Greenfield To Square Off In First U.S. Senate Debate

Iowa U.S. Senate PBS Debate
John Pemble
Sen. Joni Ernst is the incumbent U.S. Iowa senator. Ernst and her Democratic challenger Theresa Greeenfield are interviewed by Iowa Public Radio’s Clay Masters. 8/2020 Composite and photos by John Pemble

IPR's Clay Masters talks with Des Moines Register Chief Politics Reporter Brianne Pfannenstiel ahead of Monday's first debate between Republican U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst and her Democratic challenger Theresa Greenfield.

The two major political party candidates for U.S. Senate in Iowa will debate on TV Monday night for the first time. Republican U.S. Senator Joni Ernst and her Democratic challenger Theresa Greenfield will square off at 7 on Iowa PBS. Polls have shown the race very close and Democrats see the seat as a possible pickup as they work to gain majority in the Senate this November. The debate can also be heard Monday on Iowa Public Radio’s News and Studio One stations.

Clay Masters is Iowa Public Radio’s Morning Edition host and lead political reporter.