In Minnesota's Third District, will economy decide?

  • Article by: COREY MITCHELL , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 21, 2012 - 12:02 AM

Challenger Barnes says Rep. Paulsen doesn't reflect district's values.

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ginny6Oct. 20, 1210:59 PM

Paulson is no moderate. He is mild mannered, but votes like Michele Bachmann. Don't be fooled. Brian Barnes is the real deal. Vote Barnes!

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ginny6Oct. 20, 1211:00 PM

Erik Paulson voted against the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Why is Paulson against fair pay for women? Shameful!

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bobbyeffOct. 20, 1211:15 PM

Paulsen and Klobuchar (who was also endorsed in the Strib today) are two of the most bipartisan politicians in the country, and have frequently partnered on behalf of Minnesotans. I have been very impressed by the way Paulsen has worked to follow the direction set by Jim Ramstad before him. Paulsen will keep this seat for a long time and deservedly so.

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rdmiesOct. 20, 1211:17 PM

Paulsen called Ledbetter a fraud..I wish he woudl name ONE thing he has done in his 4 years. He certainly is NOT in touch with the majority of this district!

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vegas2112Oct. 20, 1211:37 PM

Does Paulsen have any evidence that he has grown the economy? NO. Does Paulsen have any evidence that he has reduced the debt? NO. Does Paulsen have any evidence that he has reformed the tax code? NO. The problem with these tea-party type congressmen is that the they do nothing but exaggerate what they accomplish. In Paulsen's case -- as part of the Minnesota delegation --, he has been an unmitigated failure.

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wildfoxOct. 20, 1211:49 PM

BARNES 2012 !

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ginny6Oct. 21, 1212:17 AM

Paulson is on the banking commmittee and has supported watering down regulation effecting banks. He works on behalf of the 1%.

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bernice3Oct. 21, 1212:44 AM

Great econmic inequality is a danger to our democracy because it devolves not just money but political power to the small minority we now call the one percent. Groups like the American Legislative Exchange Council, the National Chamber of Commerce, the followers of Grover Norquist (taxes are theft), and Vulture Capitalists like Bain exercise this power to their own advantage. Countervailing forces like unions have been under attack for over 30 years because they seek fairness for workers-- including public workers like teachers. Corporate-friendly politicians like Paulsen dominate the House. If we want to reverse its anti-democratic (small d) voting pattern we need to elect people who will vote for the common good, who will protect the social safety net and our national infrastructure, and who believe that climate change must be addressed now and that "free" trade agreements like NAFTA and the Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership encourage off-shoring jobs instead of creating them.

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anderson245Oct. 21, 1212:45 AM

If Paulsen is so bipartisan, why won't he debate Brian Barnes? Seems to me like somebody with nothing to hide would be more than eager to show that to the people. Instead, Paulsen has refused to appear in over a dozen debates. What is he hiding?

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franknjackOct. 21, 1212:50 AM

Paulsen only meets with people who agree with him, and it's primarily prayer breakfasts. He's a right-wing ideologue who has done nothing in Congress except to vote the party line and be an obstacle. He's signed the Grover Nordquist pledge, which tells you who his real constituent is: Grover Nordquist. To mention him in the same breath as Ramstad, who wasn't one of my favorites either, but at least he tried to reach across the aisle. Paulsen never will.

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