Immediately after GOP gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer spoke to the Humphrey Institute during today’s solo candidate forum at the University of Minnesota, our videographer Craig Stellmacher got the host’s reaction to what he said. Professor Larry Jacobs is the Walter and Joan Mondale Chair for Political Studies Director at U-M’s Center for the Study of Politics and Governance.
Jacobs assessed Rep. Emmer’s education reform plans — “vouchers”, “empowerment zones”, and what really stood in the way of reforms, “the teachers and unions. Prof. Jacobs, admitted that Emmer had dodged several questions: namely, how to pay for education reforms, and how to pay off school debt. “Student debt was the biggest dodge of all,” Jacobs said.