Ad argues Grassley’s age is an advantage for Iowa
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) — Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is running for re-election against Admiral Mike Franken (D). If re-elected, Grassley would be 95 if he completed his 8th term in the United States Senate. 60% of likely voters in a recent Des Moines Register poll called her age concerning.
Source: The Grassley Committee, Inc.
According to Federal Election Commission documents, The Grassley Committee, Inc. is the name of Senator Chuck Grassley’s campaign.
The campaign argues that the senator’s age, which Democrats have attacked, is a positive attribute for Iowans thanks to the senator’s seniority. The ad titled “99” also claims the 89-year-old is fit enough to represent Iowa.
Claim #1: “He visits all 99 counties every year”,
Analysis: Chuck Grassley’s Senate website keeps track of his visits to all 99 counties in 2022. His campaign claims he did this to 42 years old. Critics of the senator have argued that such meetings were not always open to the public in the past or did not provide advance notice of meeting locations.
Conclusion: This statement simply mentions that the senator visited all 99 counties. This is why we give this claim a A.
Claim #2: “has the best Senate attendance record of all time”
Analysis: Senator Grassley’s campaign said it was referring to his record for the most consecutive votes cast in the Senate.
GovTrack, which tracks many data points related to lawmakers including missed votes, shows Sen. Grassley did not miss a vote from 1993 to 2020. The streak broke when the Republican senator was diagnosed with COVID -19.
According to data from GovTrack, Senator Grassley missed 46 out of 14,428 votes during his entire Senate career. TV9 found data on the same website showing that Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) missed 0 votes during her entire Senate career, which began in 1997. It should be noted that Senator Collins had less than recorded votes because it started in the Senate more than 20 years after Senator Grassley first entered the legislature.
Conclusion: The core of this claim is that Senator Grassley has the best attendance record, which is true at 27 and why he gets a A.
Claim #3: And if he’s re-elected, he’ll have the most seniority in the entire senate.
Analysis: Senator Chuck Grassley is currently the second-longest-serving senator, according to the United States Senate Periodical Press Gallary.
The only senator with more seniority is Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont). He began serving in the United States Senate in 1975, six years before Senator Grassley joined the legislature in 1981.
Senator Leahy is not running for re-election in 2022, according to The Associated Press. Therefore, if re-elected, Chuck Grassley will have the most seniority in the entire Senate.
Conclusion: If Sen. Chuck Grassley’s seniority will help Iowans more than a freshman senator, that’s a political opinion. However, he will have the most seniority in the senate, if he is re-elected. That’s why this gets a A.
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