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Paul Wellstone
Born: July 21, 1944, Arlington Va.
Personal: Married to Sheila. Three children, David, Marcia, and Mark.
Education: Graduated with a B.A. in Political Science and earned a Ph.D. in Political Science, 1969, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Political background: Elected U.S. Senate, 1990.

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Coleman-Mondale Debate
On the day before the general election that decided the fate of their one-week campaign, former Vice President Walter Mondale and former St. Paul Mayor Norm Coleman debated at the Fitzgerald Theater.
Listen | Read . (11/4/02)

All four major-party candidates for U.S. Senate appeared together for the first time since the State Fair. U.S. policy toward Iraq was a central focus of the debate. Listen | Read . (10/17/02)

Senate - Concordia College
Sen. Paul Wellstone, Republican Norm Coleman and Independent Party candidate Jim Moore debated in a 90-minute debate in Moorhead. Listen (10/15/02)

See an extensive archive of political debate audio from the campaign of 2002.


Audio on the Issues (RealAudio)

Wellstone appeared on MPR Midday's "Meet the Candidate" series. Listen (9/23/02)

Re-election announcement. Listen (5/28/02)

Sen. Paul Wellstone on MPR's Midday. Listen (5/6/02)

Wellstone accepts DFL endorsement Listen (5/3/02)

MPR interview (11/2/01)

U.S. Senate
Paul Wellstone (DFL)

Paul Wellstone was killed in the midst of a grueling re-election campaign on Oct. 25, 2002 when his small chartered plane crashed near an airport runway. His death came 11 days before the election. His wife, Sheila, and daughter Marcia were on the plane. View multimedia slideshow on Wellstone's life


Wellstone, 7 others, killed in plane crash
Oct. 25 -Sen. Paul Wellstone was killed Friday when his small chartered plane crashed near an airport runway on the Iron Range. Wellstone, 58, his wife Sheila and their daughter died along with members of his family and staff as well as two pilots. The plane went down about two miles from a runway in a wooded area. Wellstone's campaign had chartered the craft to ferry the senator and his traveling party to a funeral. (More)

Remembering Paul Wellstone
Oct. 25 -Over the past decade, Paul Wellstone evolved from a college professor little known on the national stage to one of the Senate's top liberal voices. He briefly harbored visions of a presidential run. But his legacy is measured from border to border in Minnesota, where his service to constituents is legendary. (More)

Senate Campaign Stories

Coleman beats Mondale; claims Senate seat (11/6/02)
How did it happen? What does it mean? (11/6/02)
Mondale, Coleman hold debate (11/4/02)
Conflicting polls add to campaign confusion (11/3/02)
Mondale campaigns on Iron Range (11/3/02)
White House visits boost Coleman (11/3/02)
Minnesota court orders new absentee ballots in Senate race (10/31/02)
Senate candidates hit the road (10/31/02)
Senate race resumes (10/30/02)
GOP restarts campaign after Wellstone death (10/28/02)
DFL, Wellstone family, look to Mondale (10/27/02)
Despite grief, DFL struggles with political reality (10/26/02)
Wellstone, 7 others, killed in plane crash (10/25/02)
Senate race:What now? (10/25/02)
Senate candidates disagree over economy in Chamber of Commerce debate (10/21/02)
Four Senate candidates debate in Rochester (10/18/02)
Three-way Senate debate in Moorhead (10/16/02)
Senate candidates focus on economy (10/16/02)
Three-way Senate debate in Moorhead (10/16/02)
Wellstone, Coleman debate; Tricomo, Moore shut out (10/12/02)
Senate race issue: Prescription drugs (10/9/02)
Wellstone looks to suburbs (10/7/02)
Iraq issue has Wellstone on defensive (9/27/02)
Coleman calls for first strike against Iraq (9/23/02)
Coleman, Wellstone spar over Social Security ads (9/20/02)
Voters making up their minds: It's close (9/18/02)
Ad Watch: Gloves come off (9/16/02)
McGaa ousted from Senate race; Incumbent lawmakers advance (9/11/02)
Senate candidates in raucous debate at State Fair (8/30/02)
Ad Watch: Coleman, Wellstone tangle over Social Security (8/29/02)
Food, fun and politicking at the fair (8/26/02)
Candidates debate wildlife issues, gun control(8/17/02)
Attack ads target Wellstone(8/14/02)
Senate candidates debate for the first time(8/6/02)
McGaa officially launches Senate campaign (8/5/02)
Wellstone paints Coleman with a 'big business' brush (7/30/02)
Coleman, Wellstone battle over national defense (7/24/02)
Wellstone, Coleman locked in tight money race too (7/16/02)
Moore endorsed by Independence Party (7/15/02)
Independence Party has Senate battle of its own (7/9/02)
In scandals' wake, corporate responsibility becomes issue in Senate race (7/8/02)
Now an 'official' candidate, Coleman opens fire on Wellstone over taxes (7/2/02)
Ad war breaks out in Senate race (6/28/02)
First attack ad targets Wellstone (6/21/02)
Coleman accepts convention endorsement (6/14/02)
Senate candidate camps debate Coleman education ad (6/3/02)
Rural Minnesota could be battleground in Coleman's Senate race (6/3/02)
Wellstone officially launches re-election effort (5/28/02)
Pentel, McGaa get major Green Party endorsements (5/20/02)
Crusader becomes campaign issue (5/9/02)
Wellstone endorsed by DFL (5/4/02)
Adwatch: Claiming credit (4/19/02)
Wellstone may be in trouble; candidates scramble for cash (4/16/2002)
Coleman asks for cap on out-of-state money (3/20/02)
Bush raises $1 million for Coleman (3/4/02)
Wellstone has 'mild form' of MS (2/24/02)
Money, broken pledge likely to dominate Wellstone bid (2/11/02)
Coleman jumps into the race (2/11/02)
The money chase (1/31/02)
Bush visit is start of Senate campaign