Headline RoundupJune 14th, 2022

Bernie Sanders and Lindsey Graham Find Common Ground in Fox Debate

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Senators Bernie Sanders (I, VT) and Lindsey Graham (R, SC) on Monday were able to find some common ground during a debate that aired on Fox Nation.

Moderated by Fox News anchor Baier, the discussion was part of a series called The Senate Project that tries to find bipartisan solutions. Sanders and Graham agreed that the new bipartisan gun safety framework is a positive step forward, Russian President Vladimir Putin is a bad leader and the future of transportation will be electric. They also both concluded that the economy is in poor shape, pointing to Social Security's solvency issue and the negative impact of rising inflation. While they disagreed on nearly every other talking point, Graham said he "thoroughly enjoyed" debating with Sanders after the discussion was over.

Center-rated outlets such as Roll CallThe State and other local news affiliates were much more likely to highlight the bipartisan agreements of the debate. Left-and right-rated outlets were more likely to sensationalize the "spar" between the two senators and emphasize the policy issues that they publicly stand apart on.

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