It was the first debate between the two major party candidates for Minnesota's only open congressional seat. Watch the video, read the transcript or do both!
Jason Lewis Corrected Multiple Times By Moderator In Debate With Angie Craig – Video And Full Debate Transcript
The Republican candidate for Minnesota’s only open congressional seat had to defend his facts as well as his intention to vote for Donald Trump in his first one-on-one debate with his Democratic opponent. After being pressed several times for an answer, Jason Lewis said he would vote for Trump. “I’m just embarrassed for you, Jason,” said his Democratic opponent Angie Craig, making reference to the recordings that showed the Republican presidential nominee making sexually degrading comments about women and his more recent comments that he wouldn’t agree with the election results unless he won.
That was one of many intense exchanges between the candidates in their first one-on-one debate, which was held at Minnesota Public Radio on Thursday. They agreed on little and talked over each other several times, much like Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have done during their debates.
Also like those presidential debates, the moderator was quick to correct or fact-check statements — all of them from Lewis. Lewis tried to compare Trump’s statements about possibly not honoring the election results with Al Gore waiting for the Supreme Court to rule on possibly recounting the close 2000 presidential race in Florida. “He didn’t concede. He didn’t concede,” said Lewis. MPR’s Tom Weber quickly stepped in to point out that Gore did concede the race after the Supreme Court ruled.
Lewis said he would “of course” honor the results in his election. “That’s not to say there isn’t voter fraud,” said Lewis, echoing another Trump line. Both Republican and Democratic leaders have said the widespread voter fraud Trump insists is happening is a myth and actual voter fraud is nearly nonexistent.
Moderator multiple fact-checks on Lewis and The UpTake’s video of debate (more…)
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