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Election 2020 and impeachment collide for Democrat senators campaigning

Bob Graham knows what an impeachment does to a senator’s life. 

When the former senator from Florida was serving in Congress, an average day meant about eight to 10 hours for committee meetings, working on legislation and just dealing with the business of the day.

But when President Bill Clinton was impeached at the end of 1998, Graham’s days shifted dramatically. Gone was any work that wasn’t tied explicitly to the impeachment trial. Graham, 83, describes that time as a “serious responsibility” — days filled with work that was not so easily left at the office.

“I think anybody who has a job that requires a significant amount of intensity to properly carry out doesn’t leave work at the office, it’s there all the time,” Graham told USA TODAY. “That would be particularly true during something as personal as an impeachment trial.”