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Al Franken to Participate in Humphrey Candidate Forum Next Week

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DFL U.S. Senate nominee Al Franken will participate in the Humphrey Institute’s Candidate Forum series, hosted by the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance. Franken will speak on Wednesday, October 22nd, at the Humphrey Forum from 1:00 - 2:15 p.m. His speech is entitled, "An Economy That Works for the Middle Class."

Past speakers in the Candidate Forum series include Independence Party Senate candidate Dean Barkley, and 3rd Congressional District candidates Ashwin Madia (DFL) and Erik Paulsen (GOP).

David Dillon, Independence Party candidate for the 3rd District will speak this Friday, from noon until 1:15 p.m. on “The Congressional Role in Creating the Next Long Term Economic Boom,? in the Institute’s Humphrey Forum.

Senator Norm Coleman will speak on Thursday, from 12:00 - 1:15 pm at the Institute.

Smart Politics will live blog both the Dillon, Franken, and Coleman forums.

The Center for the Study of Politics and Governance is hosting a series of public forums with the major party candidates for Minnesota's U.S. Senate seat and 3rd Congressional District to foster informed and substantive discussion of important matters of public policy. The forums create an opportunity for the candidates to rise above the talking points and fractious back-and-forth of the campaign to address the important policy challenges facing Minnesota and the country. It also creates a forum for students and citizens to listen and raise questions with the candidates. The events are free and open to the public.

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