Senate candidates debate: Round two preview

by Lisa Zehner

The second debate between U.S. Senate candidates Al Franken and Dean Barkley and Sen. Norm Coleman are set to begin in less than a ten minutes. The debate is being held at Breck High School and is set to begin at 7 p.m. Don’t have cable? Feel free to turn on the MPR or go online, where the debate will be streaming live on KARE 11 and MPR. Just a few thoughts before this thing kicks off. Look for Coleman to come out swinging. A recent MPR and Humphrey Institute poll showed Democratic candidate Franken leading Coleman four points, 41 percent of 346 likely voters surveyed picked Franken over Coleman’s 37 percent, while 14 percent chose Dean Barkley. This is an increase of the poll’s last survey, which was conducted between Sept. 29 and Oct. 1, showing Coleman ahead at 40 percent and Franken at 31 percent. Although polls aren’t everything, Coleman has also chosen to pull his negative ads of Franken, which have seemed to hurt his favor. Last debate, Coleman talked much about his experience, something Franken lacks. Look for Coleman to continue with this trend, while easing up on negative attacks.