Cravaack and Nolan battle for votes in Eighth District debate

  • Article by: BAIRD HELGESON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 16, 2012 - 9:56 PM

Eighth District candidates, locked in dead heat, clash over health care, voting records.

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millarscorOct. 16, 1211:17 PM

And congrats to Nolan for helping create the Boundary Waters. Chip, you are completely wrong on this topic and you lost my vote with that statement.

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kemboiOct. 17, 12 7:17 AM

This debate wasn't even close. Mr. Nolan trounced the Congressman. As for me, I'd never vote for Rep. Cravaack. He pays more property tax in New Hampshire than Minnesota; he collects $92,000 a year in disability payments from Delta Airlines; he voted to end Pell Grants for 23,000 Minnesota students; and, he introduced legislation that will lower federal subsidies for rural airports next year (effecting Hibbing and I Falls). How can you claim to be a pro-growth Minnesotan who stands up for the middle class with a record like this? Vote Nolan.

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turgidOct. 17, 12 8:14 AM

I don't understand the appeal of Tea Party republicans in Minnesota who tell the people in their district that the government is too big and needs to do less for them. We Minnesotans send many more tax dollars to Washington than we get back, and are being taken advantage of by states like Alabama, Mississippi and, yes, the Dakotas. Your representative is supposed to fight for the betterment of your district, not some big idea being paid for by oil tycoons. The Koch brothers are all too happy to watch your district scrape by while your representative carries their political water. Whatever you think about Sabo, he at least had a lot of pull in congress, and no doubt the 8th district is poorer today for having voted for some talking points, instead of someone who could improve their lives.

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jimmyjames76Oct. 17, 12 8:29 AM

Chip's "pro-union" stance begins and ends with his $100k per year "disability" pension for sleep apnea (something everyone else gets treatment for and keeps working). He got his, and he doesn't give a d@mn if anyone else gets a share of the American dream. As far as environmentalists "suffocating mining", that's a bunch of malarkey. Maybe if Chip lived on the range rather than on the east coast he'd know that mining today is the best it's been in decades. I lived through the mass layoffs and closures of the Reagan era, and the less drastic cuts since then, and it's a fact that there are more job openings and miners are making more money than any time in the last 30 years (maybe longer). If he's talking about mining copper in the boundary waters, what's the harm in making sure we do a little work up front to make sure we don't ruin a resource for future generations? No one is saying we can't mine, but smart people want to look at the issue from all angles and mitigate risks up front. When Nixon started the EPA we had rivers starting on fire, which apparently is what Chip prefers.

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smeeagain2Oct. 17, 12 2:49 PM

Cravaack is a carpet bagger who's family lives out of state.

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aweshucksOct. 17, 12 3:52 PM

Rick Nolan is the real deal. A Minnesotan who cares about his community deeply. Who cares about the environment we leave our children and who, most of all, cares deeply about the direction of his country.

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