Need a good resource to help you make your voting decisions? The UpTake’s video debate archive lets you see, hear and read what the candidates actually said.
The UpTake provided live coverage of many of the important congressional and Minnesota legislative debates this campaign season. We also transcribed many of those debates for people who would rather speed read a debate. Most of our debate videos are also captioned for those who are deaf or hard of hearing.
The whole point of what we do is to give voters a good reliable source of information about what the candidates really did say.
Below are links to the competitive races and debates with notes on whether there is a transcript or not. Happy viewing/reading and please do go vote!
Minnesota Congressional Races
First Congressional District
Rep. Tim Walz (DFL) and Jim Hagedorn debated three times this year.
October 3 in Mankato (full captioned video and transcript)
October 4 in Winona (full captioned video and transcript)
October 5 on KAAL-TV Part one and part two (captioned video)
Second Congressional District
This is Minnesota’s only open congressional seat. Rep. John Kline (R) decided not to run for reelection. The two major party candidates Angie Craig (DFL) and Jason Lewis (R) have debated one-on-one just twice. The Republican party candidates debated several times before Lewis won their primary.
October 14 on TPT’s Almanac - includes Independence Party candidate Paula Overby (captioned video and full transcript)
October 20 on Minnesota Public Radio (captioned video and full transcript)
October 30 on KSTP-TV (captioned video and full transcript)
Republican only candidate debates
There were no DFL only candidate debates in CD2
March 31, 2016 in Hastings Five candidates including Lewis (captioned video and full transcript)
Feb 12, 2016 debate in Cannon Falls Six candidates including Lewis (captioned video and full transcript)
Jan 21, 2016 debate at the University of Minnesota Five candidates including Lewis (captioned video and full transcript)
November 19, 2015 debate in St. Paul Five candidates including Lewis (captioned video and full transcript)
October 31, 2015 debate on TPT’s Almanac Four candidates including Lewis (captioned video and full transcript)
Third Congressional District
Rep. Erik Paulsen (R) and Terri Bonoff debated only twice this season. Once in August and then again just days before the election.
August 17 Chamber of Commerce debate (captioned video and full transcript)
October 30 debate on KSTP-TV (captioned video and full transcript)
Eighth Congressional District
Rep. Rick Nolan (DFL) and Stewart Mills (R) debated just twice this season.
September 19 in Duluth (captioned video and full transcript)
October 23 debate on KSTP-TV (captioned video and full transcript)
Bonus: debate from 2014 between Mills and Nolan since the two argued this year about what was said in that debate.
Senate District 48 – Eden Prairie
Sen. David Hann (R), who is the Senate Minority Leader is facing a tough challenge from well-known Eden Prairie High School teacher Steve Cwodzinski.
September 19 League of Women Voters debate (full video and story summarizing debate)
House District 14B – St. Cloud
This is a rematch between Rep. Jim Knoblach (R) and Zachary Dorholt (DFL) when Knoblach won by 69 votes.
October 25 St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce debate (video only)
Bonus: 2014 debate between the same two candidates (video only)
Michael McIntee | The UpTake57A-Apple Valley-Rosemount
Erin Maye Quade (D) is running against Ali Jimenez-Hopper (R) for the seat held by retiring legislator Rep. Tara Mack (R).
Oct 27 League of Women Voters Forum Apple Valley-Rosemount Legislative candidates (Senate District 57, House Districts 57A & 57B) – (video only)