GOP gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer is all over the Twin Cities this week. Our roving videographer Craig Stellmacher will capture his appearance today at 1 p.m. at the University of Minnesota’s Center for the Study of Politics and Governance’s candidate forum. (DFL candidate Mark Dayton’s turn was on Monday: watch the replay here). According to the Center: “The forums create an opportunity for the candidates to rise above the talking points and fractious back-and-forth of the campaign to address the important policy challenges facing Minnesota and the country.”
Then tonight at 7 p.m., Emmer, Dayton and Independent candidate Tom Horner will go head to head at Minneapolis’ Pantages Theater. The one-hour debate is billed as a unique conversation in which Minnesotans can participate in an interactive question and answer session. We’ll re-air the Pantages debate soon after it concludes.
By the way, do you think former Minnesota Governor Arne Carlson’s endorsement of Tom Horner on Monday bothered Tom Emmer and the Republican establishment? After all, Carlson also calls the Grand Old Party home. It’s tough to know: at a press conference yesterday during which Emmer unveiled the third phase of his proposed budget, the gubernatorial candidate refused to answer our question about Carlson’s endorsement. And last night the former governor shook up conventional wisdom a little further when he endorsed DFL’er Audrey Britton for state representative.
Later today we’ll post an exclusive interview with Carlson about the growing rift between the moderate and the right-wing camps of the Republican Party. Former President Bill Clinton weighed in on that question as well last night while stumping for Mark Dayton. “It used to be that Republicans were evidence-based, not dogma-based,” Clinton said. “They have thrown all that overboard. This is about dogma and big special interest under the guise of the tea party.” Of Tom Emmer, whom Clinton didn’t refer to by name: “Near as I can tell, he wants to get rid of government.”