U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., denied a debate request from the Minnesota Student Association to debate at the University of Minnesota.
According to a report, the invitation was accompanied by “a heavy push on social media, prompting student leaders to question how candidates prioritize college-age voters on their campaign trails”.
Before Franken denied the request to debate on campus last week, MSA spearheaded a Twitter campaign designed to convince the candidates to attend. Students and other members of the University community published dozens of tweets last month to further the cause.
University President Eric Kaler joined in by authoring a tweet Aug. 15.
“We’re incredibly disappointed that Sen. Franken turned us down,” MSA President Joelle Stangler said.