The crowd is cheering as the debate kicks-off...
Just a quick reminder: Our moderators tonight are Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer and Daily Circuit host Kerri Miller.
First question to Franken: Your term has been characterized as being "proudly boring" and letting go of your comedic persona. Miller "Are you really making a difference?"
Franken says that he's not playing it safe and that he's taken on special interests. He points to legislation that helped women in the Middle East who were assaulted by military contractors working there.
Franken says that bill irked members of how own party as well as Republicans.
Franken says he's also gone his own way by opposing the Comcast/Time-Warner merger. "I've also been the lone voice in a lot of things."
The next question goes to McFadden: Do you buy that Franken has taken on special interests. McFadden says no. He says that Sen. Amy Klobuchar sets the standard for the state, and that Minnesota "deserves two hard-working Senators." McFadden says Franken has been asleep at the wheel.
Franken continues to defend his presence in the state. He said that he's been all over the state campaigning, but also talking about issues, including a recent propane shortage.
"This is a big state." - Franken, on the challenges of getting to all counties in Minnesota on a yearly basis.
Next question is about ISIS to McFadden: At what point would US ground forces be warranted?
McFadden: I don't support ground troops. "For me,... there has to be a clear strategic objective... there has to be a defined scope... you have to go in with overwhelming force to ensure victory." Until he hears from Obama on the second two points, McFadden says he can't support ground troops now.
Same question to Franken: Says he supports bombing in Syria.
Franken goes on to say that he's unsure about sending ground troops to the area: "We need to be a little bit humble from what we've seen in the Middle East.." Franken says his work with wounded vets has made him wary of entering a new war.
McFadden is responding by criticizing Obama on for "leading from behind" on issues in the Middle East. Throughout this election, McFadden has attempted to link Franken to Obama, which is facing low approval ratings throughout the country.
McFadden continues: Sanctions in Iraq were effective, but would have supported concessions before they were lifted.
Franken: says the sanctions regime in Iraq have worked in preventing the country from getting a nuclear weapon. "We cannot let them get a nuclear weapon."
Question to Franken: Are you satisfied on the President's foreign policies in Iraq?
McFadden brings up the embassy attack in Benghazi. "The president did nothing and the world watched."
"This is woefully inaccurate.” - Franken on McFadden description of sanctions in Iraq.
Franken says that he agreed with the President on limited bombing of Syria. Franken points to an MPR News story that asked what the potential GOP Senate candidates what they would do. Franken says McFadden didn't respond. I'll link to that story when I find it.