Rural MN GOP Incumbents Sit Out Farmfest Debate – Full Video By admin | August 3, 2010 LikeTweet EmailPrint More More on CD1 Subscribe to CD1 Click to Play Republican Representatives John Kline, Michele Bachmann were invited, but did not attend the Minnesota Congressional debate at Farmfest on Tuesday. However, Republican and Independence Party challengers to Representative Tim Walz and Collin Peterson did make the trip to a very steamy farm field near Redwood Falls,Minnesota for the one-hour forum on agricultural issues. Kline’s opponent in the November election will be either DFL endorsed candidate Dan Powers or Powers’ August 10th primary opponent Shelley Madore. Madore participated in the Farmfest debate. Powers was invited, but declined because he had a prior commitment. Bachmann’s opponent is DFL endorsed candidate Tarryl Clark who commented after the debate on Bachmann’s absence. Support this story and all the stories from The Uptake. Donate.