On the twelfth day of debating, what will your true love bring to you? Spending cuts, income tax increases, or a sales tax expansion? How about gambling in Minnesota restaurants? How about a dramatic poll that shows the front runners, DFL candidate Mark Dayton and GOP flag-bearer Tom Emmer, nearly neck and neck, with Independent Party candidate Tom Horner closing the gap, and fast?
Watch live on The UpTake tonight at 6:15 p.m., as Minnesota’s three gubernatorial candidates each speak for 45 minutes at the Association of MN Counties in Alexandria, Minn. While this isn’t exactly a debate, Señors Dayton, Emmer and Horner will appear back-to-back-to-back. In other words, let round 12 begin (the tally is actually 13 if you count the health care debate at St. Joseph’s Hospital in St. Paul, which Dayton failed to attend). Also, at 2 p.m. today we’ll bring you the Office of the Secretary of State Forum, at which Mark Ritchie and Dan Severson will address health care reform, employment, education and transportation.
If you missed last night’s gubernatorial debate at the Pantages Theater in Minneapolis, catch it here. Yesterday we also captured Tom Emmer’s appearance at the Humphrey Institute’s candidate forum, and moderator Larry Jacobs’ analysis of Emmer’s performance, including where he dodged questions.
Former Governor Arne Carlson — who has been busy this week endorsing Independents and Democrats, alike, even though he served under the GOP — spoke to The UpTake about the growing rift in the Republican Party between Tea Partiers and moderates — both in Minnesota and nationwide. Meanwhile, President Obama weighed in this morning to note that the United States increased exports by 18% this year, and manufacturing exports are up 20%.
And we’ve learned that Minnesota Governor Pawlenty has hired a full-time staff member in Iowa. Hmm, this must be about boosting trade between Minnesota and Iowa …