Jul 13, 2022 - Politics

How Iowa Democratic Senate candidate Michael Franken starts his day

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Mike Franken speaking with reporters last month in Washington, D.C. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Challenging Chuck Grassley for his U.S. Senate seat is an undertaking flunked by seven Democratic nominees since 1980.

  • Retired U.S. Navy Admiral Michael Franken is the latest in the ring and he's a big believer in a strong morning start.

State of play: Franken tells Axios Des Moines that his military background has helped him prepare for his role as a budding politician.

  • He gets up early and prepares for long days.

Wake up: Between 5-5:30am.

  • A game of Wordle and dark coffee with a touch of half and half.
  • He often flips through Twitter and scans his emails.

What's next: "Once I'm dismayed by Wordle or appropriately subdued by my wife's prowess, I go to the gym," he tells Axios.

  • Zoom meetings and administrative duties begin almost immediately after the workout.

What he's reading: A mix of local and national news that includes Axios, the Washington Post, the Sioux City Journal, New York Times and Des Moines Register.

His morning advice: Tackle the big, strategic issues first.

  • Have faith in your coworkers and worry about "molecular level" stuff if time permits.
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