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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Farm Fest

The gubernatorial candidates squared off at Farm Fest today. Pawlenty went on the offensive first, talking about how Hatch cited some agricultural issue in the New York Times and acted like an "aw shucks" kind of guy: New York? It was like that old commercial for Pace picante sauce. Too bad that Pawlenty can't run away from his record, though.

I think that the Kennedy-Klobuchar matchup was far better, and Klobuchar did just about everything right. Kennedy keeps trying to run away from the Republican Party and Bush in particular, but Klobuchar reminded the audience that he can't run from his record (seems that most Republicans are doing this these days; I wonder why?) She attacked Kennedy's stance on the estate tax by talking about Paris Hilton, as well as pointing out that no family farms are actually affected by the estate tax. Meanwhile, Kennedy's lame attack that "some group that endorsed Klobuchar thinks that manure is hazardous waste" was not only weak, but untrue. Besides, if not handled properly, of course manure can be hazardous. Does Kennedy feel like proving it's not by swimming in a manure lagoon?

All in all, I think it was a poor showing for the Republicans and a good one for the Democrats, especially Klobuchar. The race is on.

5 Comments:

At 7:52 PM, August 02, 2006, Anonymous Dyna said...

Not all the candidates for governor were allowed to join in the Farmfest debate- Becky Lourey, the only actual farmer in the race, was excluded. Mike Hatch at least showed up for a change, but didn't say much of import. Fortunately Ken Pentel and Peter Hutchinson were there to deliver the DFL message...

 
At 9:48 PM, August 02, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you listen to the events? Do you know where I could find audio online?

 
At 9:58 PM, August 02, 2006, Blogger MN Politics Guru said...

I didn't listen to the debates; my wholly unoriginal reporting comes from other blogs and news stories. Perhaps MPR might have the audio, that's the only idea I have.

 
At 11:07 PM, August 02, 2006, Anonymous Dyna said...

MNN (Minnesota News Network) carried most of the debate live and may have taped it.

 
At 11:31 AM, August 03, 2006, Anonymous Dyna said...

MPR news network is supposed to be broadasting yesterday's debate at noon and presumably also 9 pm today.

BTW, Nancy Pelosi appeared in the afternoon panel discussion on renewable fuels along with Colin Peterson and Tim the governor who wouldn't leave. Did Nancy make any other stops in Minnesota besides touring the Vodka/ethanol plant in Benson and the turkey manure burner?

 

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