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2012 Candidate Forum … in 2011

The 2012 DFL District 8 Congressional Candidate Forum coordinated and moderated by Minnesota Public Radio has ended, but the full transcript remains. You can read it at perfectduluthday.com/candidate-forum.

The candidates are Jeff Anderson, Tarryl Clark, Daniel Fanning and
Rick Nolan.

14 Comments

Swan

about 8 years ago

All of the candidates' portraits show them tilting to the right. Just sayin'...

Danny G

about 8 years ago

Is it OK for me to take this opportunity to request that everyone living the 1st bypass voting for either Fedora or Julsrud and write in "Daniel J. Golden"?

Danny G

about 8 years ago

Ok.  Disregard then.

Paul Lundgren

about 8 years ago

If you're looking for evidence that sulfide mining is a hot-button issue, these poll results are interesting.

What's the most important issue facing the 8th District?
Jobs (71%) 
Environment (20%) 
Education (5%) 
Taxes/Govt spending (4%)

Are you confident in the technology available to prevent sulfide mining from polluting the environment?
Very confident (51%) 
Somewhat confident (8%) 
Not confident (36%) 
Unsure/need to know more (5%)

Codie

about 8 years ago

"Can you name a sulfide mining project where new technology was able to mitigate environmental damage?"

Lol! Stumped.

Codie

about 8 years ago

All I want to know is who is the most far-left candidate, and they get my vote. Who is least likely to fold under the pressure of big-business? Who is most likely to stand up for alternative infrastructure improvements like the NLX and bike/bed improvements?

Where's Allen Richardson when you need him?

Codie

about 8 years ago

bike/ped* lol

Paul Lundgren

about 8 years ago

The most unfortunate case of omitting a word:

"I have fought veterans." - Tarryl Clark 


Since this came in the context of a question that came up on PDD, and since Clark's answer was mistakenly removed and added in later, out of order, I'll post the whole thing here.

Catharine Richert: On the blog Perfect Duluth Day, Chris pointed out that Rep. Chip Cravaack's family recently moved out of the district. He wrote that it "makes him seem out of touch with the concerns of a large portion of the district. Considering you ran and lived in the 6th district just a year ago, how do you plan to avoid this same perception?" Tarryl Clark: The new District lines won't be seen until next year, and no one knows who lives or doesn't live in the District. I don't need any line on a map to tell me this is home. Across Central and Northeastern Minnesota, we live together as friends and family, supporting our regional centers and farmers, enjoying hunting, fishing, skiing, and snowmobiling. It's what we love about this place. Representative Cravaack is disconnected from us and has different priorities. Maybe it's because he hasn't lived in Minnesota very long, or because he lives in a suburb, or because he's moved his family to New Hampshire. Unlike Representative Cravaack I am the only one who has worked across this district. I am the only one that has fought for seniors. I have stood by the unions for 23 years. I have fought veterans. I am the only one who has a proven record of fighting for the priorities of our families and communities for over the past two decades. More important than the lines drawn on a map are the lines that show whose side you're on. He's chosen Wall Street. I've chosen Main Street. He's chosen special interests and big money. I've chosen our families and our communities. In Congress, I'll be on your side.

Chad S

about 8 years ago

It's pretty fun watching the poll that asks which candidate you support fluctuate with each answer.  Also, Tarryl Clark seems to be having a hard time keeping up with the questions.  For me, the best line so far goes to Rick Nola, with, "No one I know other than Michelle Bachmann has a direct line to the Lord."

Paul Lundgren

about 8 years ago

The Duluth candidates fared pretty well in that poll. Cravaack did poorly, but since it's a poll of people following a DFL candidate forum that's to be expected.

Which candidate do you support?
Jeff Anderson (40%) 
Tarryl Clark (20%) 
Chip Cravaack (3%) 
Daniel Fanning (19%) 
Rick Nolan (16%) 
Undecided (2%)

Chad S

about 8 years ago

I thought Jeff Anderson did really well.  His responses were quick, often the first one in with an answer.  Plus, they weren't longwinded; they got right to the point without much fluff.  I like to see that.

wildgoose

about 8 years ago

This is pretty interesting, Michael Olson from Minnesota Public Radio patched together the debate with  what was happening on twitter at the same time.  And by interesting I mean "interesting to Northern MN twitter/political nerds."  All 5 of us.

Chad S

about 8 years ago

Very cool, thanks for posting that, wildgoose.  This was a pretty unique format.  Hopefully they do a few more like this to complement the in-person forums.

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