Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz and Republican rival Dr. Scott Jensen held a debate Tuesday night. on television, but residents in Twin cities could only see through online flows.
panel of four journalists asked questions on flock of issues, including abortion, state response to the riots after the killing of George Floyd murder and Feeding Our Future fraud investigation.
Waltz and allied groups used abortion issue how are they main area of attack on Jensen, claiming he will seek a ban on abortion in Minnesota, if elected governor.
AT campaign video and media interview Jensen said he would ban abortion, but he back this rhetoric in commemoration of United States Supreme Court decision overturn Roe v. Wade, leaving abortion laws in arms of state legislatures.
“Because in Abortion is a legally protected right in Minnesota, but not on vote in November,” Jensen said Tuesday night. “What on vote in November, without a doubt, inflation is skyrocketing, crime out of control and our children are not getting the education they need. As governor, I won’t ban abortion, I can’t.”
In his response to Jensen’s answer, Walz criticized Jensen. for changes its position in the middle of the campaign.
Scott was very clear in May. He mocked me and said, “No kidding Sherlock, I’m running away.” for Governor to sort things out. We’re going to ban abortion, it’s not newsWaltz said. “What changed after Rowe vs Wade. I think the most of us know again you’ve heard it in many different places, it’s not about trust women. It’s not about clear beliefs. It’s about changing positions as the wind blows.”
Moderators also asked the candidates about the government’s response to the riots that broke out in Twin cities after George Floyd murder. Waltz and Jensen were asked what they would have done differently if something like this had happened. again but they mostly talked about what happened in 2020.
“Nothing like this has been seen before – level of violence after murder of George Floyd,” Waltz said. “I think stories will be written again and this will be written about for quite a bit of time. IM proud of of Minnesota response. IM proud of of Minnesota first defendants who we out there from the firefighters to the police, from the National Guard to the citizens who were out there.”
jensen took question as an opportunity to stage Waltz support of first defendants in doubt.
“You heard it here: Governor Waltz just told you: “I’m proud of Minnesota response”, referring to the riots of May and June of 2020. Wow, Jensen said. “Is not one-off situation. There is reason The Minnesota Police and Enforcement Association unanimously endorsed me.”
Candidates also filed a $250 million fraud investigation under the Feeding Our Future program. Jensen claimed that Walz could have stopped the scheme much sooner.
“Governor Waltz and his team could have stopped it anywhere,” Jensen said. But when it gets warmer in kitchen for Governor Waltz, because there seems to be a cover…up. Two questions are huge on all of our minds. What did Governor Waltz do? know and when he know It?”
For his part, Waltz said both state and federal agencies should better enforce rules for how public funds have been allocated.
“During COVID, federal government relaxed a little of them rules and they sent out how are they should assist states in terms of unprecedented numbers,” the governor said. “Now doing sure these guarantees in place? absolute priority. Once Upon a Minnesota Department of Education found they alerted the FBI about it. The investigation is ongoing. I think we’ll get more clarity as soon as they start come to it.”
When given chance in response jensen doubled down laying the blame straight on Waltz administration.
“You just heard a smoke screen. It’s not about the federal government, it’s about the state of Minnesota and office of Legislative Auditor should have been notified,” Jensen said.
Two also confused over in budget a bill that stalled in Legislature in May.
Waltz said Jensen urged Republican senators to block a bill that would provide tax cuts and rebates, but Jensen said it was also would increase government spending by billions of dollars.
Flaw of debate under scrutiny
one-hour debate between 2022 candidates for The governor of Minnesota was hosted in Rochester and was only broadcast on Television stations of Greater Minnesota. It was second of three scheduled debates between Waltz and Jensen, but the only one one be televised.
Waltz turned down debate offers on at least three TV channels of sister cities, including KSTP-TV.
“Tim Walz is ahead, but he is not transcendent favorite” says Carlton College political analyst Stephen Shire. “He’s probably ahead. in single digits, possibly high single digits, but not safe territory in three weeks out”. Shire says although minimizing the amount of the debate is clearly strategy of waltz campaign doesn’t mean it will work. Although he says Jensen needs a debate more than a waltz. “Two of them need meet face-to-face in order for Jensen to try and close that gap because Waltz is further away from Jensen personally. in this is race all the better for Waltz”.
The only other time Walz and Jensen fought was eleven weeks ago at Farmfest near Redwood Falls. on August 3rd. Only a few hundred have seen it people who attended the debate and people who saw highlights on television or online.
This will first time in at least 40 years old candidates for The governor of Minnesota will not debate in prime time on Twin Cities Television. The only other controversy currently scheduled for noon, Friday, October 28 on Minnesota Public Radio.
KSTP-TV will host a “Night of Debates”. in Minnesota, which will air across the state in prime time on Sunday, October 23 Waltz declined get involved so jensen will face questions from panel of journalists myself. chief party candidates for advocate general as well as secretary of the state all agreed to participate.
We will have highlights of debate on tuesday on “Night Transmission” on 5 Eyewitness news at 10.