Posted: 01/24/14 04:17
by Dave Mindeman
On January 17th there was a GOP Senate candidate forum sponsored by the Rochester Tea Party and the Post Bulletin covered it.
As usual, Mike McFadden could not attend -- probably out raising money in some swanky hotel somewhere....can't be bothered with debates.
But Julianne Ortman, Jim Abeler, Chris Dahlberg, and the other 3 that are just classified as "the rest" for the most part...were there. Of course, since it was a Tea Party event, the answers to policy positions were moved to the extreme....something they should be held accountable for at some point in the process.
...all of the candidates said they do not believe in man-made climate change, except for Abeler. He did not provide a clear answer to the question.
Really? You want Minnesota to send you to the US Senate with the idea that climate change is a hoax? Seriously? Abeler waffled on it, but really, if you have an education do you really need to waffle?
And in keeping with who they were talking to....
On the issue of immigration, all of the candidates except Ortman said they oppose amnesty for people in the country illegally. Ortman specified that she opposed the Senate immigration bill.
I guess Ortman is leaving the door open for something...who knows? But as usual they offered no solution - just more negatives. How is this Party ever going to move forward?
The candidates were asked about raising money to compete....something only Mike McFadden has managed to get some attention with....but you can tell a candidate who is having serious money problems - they bring up Social Media...
Ortman told the audience "we'll have the funds we need to effectively challenge Al Franken." She said her campaign is tapping into social media and microtargeting with a particular emphasis on 18-to-24-year-olds.
Yeah....microtargeting....that's the ticket.
At this particular moment this field of candidates is a hodgepodge of nothing notable. Maybe if you combined them together (McFadden for money, Abeler for experience, Ortman for bravado)....maybe you could have one competitive candidate.
Right now, McFadden has the best approach - be invisible.