Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton Thursday turned down Republican Jeff Johnson’s latest request to debate twice at the state fair and 11 times after that.
In response, Dayton’s campaign released the latest debate proposal it sent to the Johnson campaign which has six debates starting on October 1. Dayton said Johnson needs to define his positions before they debate. He says Johnson wants to cut taxes for the wealthy, but hasn’t said what programs he’d cut to pay for that.
Dayton made the comments as he met fair goers on the first day of the Minnesota State Fair. He said this was a unique experience to meet and visit with Minnesotans from across the state. It’s been a tradition with the Dayton family since his father showed horses at the fair. He said as a boy, they had to visit the animals first before the wished for stop at the midway.
This is the schedule that Dayton’s campaign has proposed:
October 1 - Mayo Civic Center, Rochester — hosted by the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities, the Rochester Post-Bulletin, and the Rochester Chamber of Commerce.
Week of October 6, Date TBD — Moorhead — hosted by the Fargo Forum
October 14 — Duluth — hosted by the Duluth News Tribune and the Duluth Chamber of Commerce
Week of October 20 — Minneapolis or St. Paul — televised debate hosted by a reputable organization, to be determined
October 31 — St. Paul — hosted by Twin Cities Public TV (TPT) Almanac
November 2 — Fitzgerald Theater, St. Paul — hosted by Minnesota Public Radio