Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley is projected to win an eighth time period within the Senate, the place he has served since 1981.
Grassley’s victory has not been in a lot doubt even after an October ballot confirmed Democrat Michael Franken narrowing Grassley’s lead. Democrats poured no sources into the race.
But there are some doubts about Grassley’s capacity to serve one other six-year time period. At 89, he’s only some months youthful than Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the oldest member of the Senate. Feinstein’s age and forgetfulness have prompted questions on her capacity to do her job.
Like Feinstein and a handful of different senators, Grassley walks the hallways with an aide who generally helps him reply reporters’ questions. He’s nonetheless robust sufficient to run to catch the subway that takes senators from the Capitol to their workplaces.
Franken, a 64-year-old former vice admiral of the U.S. Navy, campaigned on his army background and abortion rights. In a TV ad, the Franken marketing campaign famous Grassley’s opposition to abortion rights and help for the Supreme Court determination eliminating the federal proper to abortion this 12 months.
During a debate, Grassley stated he wouldn’t support a 15-week abortion proposed by a few of his colleagues within the Senate.
Franken’s marketing campaign confronted a setback when a former staffer accused the candidate of planting an undesirable kiss on her earlier this 12 months, although in an apparently “old-fashioned” however not sexual method. Franken denied the accusation.
If Republicans management the Senate, Grassley may as soon as once more function the Senate’s president professional tempore, that means he could be third within the line of succession ought to the president die or resign from workplace.
Grassley has chaired each the Senate Finance Committee and the Judiciary Committee. He is prone to lead the Judiciary Committee once more if Republicans acquire management of the Senate. As the highest Republican on that committee, in latest months he has pushed the Justice Department to prosecute Hunter Biden, the president’s son, for enterprise dealings with the Chinese authorities.
Former President Donald Trump endorsed Grassley final 12 months, an endorsement Grassley welcomed even after saying Trump deserved some blame for the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the Capitol.
“Undoubtedly, then-President Trump displayed poor leadership in his words and actions,” Grassley stated earlier than voting to acquit him within the Senate impeachment trial as a result of Trump was now not president.