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Minnesota Governor Debate: Alcohol, Fireworks, and Sports Betting Discussed

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Minnesota Gubernatorial candidates Jeff Johnson, Republican, and Left-wing Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) candidate Tim Walz clashed in the final debate in St. Paul, Minnesota before election day.

In case you missed the debate, here is a recap.

Johnson portrayed Walz as a big government, big spending liberal who will raise taxes and turn Minnesota into a Sanctuary State which illegal aliens will flock to and further deteriorate the state.

Walz accused Johnson of being an ineffective legislator unable to build a coalition since Johnson himself is a critic of big government.

This last debate covered issues that have already been debated in over 7 previous in-person meetings across the state throughout the course of the campaign.

Some new topics discussed include liquor sales and fireworks, among others which may seem like non-issues to the people of Minnesota who are currently being bombarded with droves of refugees and calls to make the state an open borders playground for dangerous migrants and illegal aliens.

Johnson is a former Hennepin County Commissioner with decades of experience in the private sector. While he has trailed in the polling, the race has tightened and Johnson has relished the role of underdog in the notoriously blue state of Minnesota and securing an endorsement from President Donald Trump.

In Friday night’s debate, hosted by PBS and aired across the state on primetime television, Minnesota voters saw Republican Johnson go on the offensive early and often and at times eliciting an angry response from a seemingly triggered Tim Walz.

Johnson attacked Walz on his promises regarding health care and state spending to which Walz had no answers. Johnson said Walz’ Single-Payer promise is a radical, far-left proposal that even California decided it wasn’t ready for. Walz was further slammed ob the topic of healthcare when Johnson mentioned how the US government couldn’t properly launch the failed Obamacare website which cost tax payers millions of dollars, further emphasizing how the people of Minnesota should not trust the government with their health care.

“And there is no State in America that has a Single-Payer system. None,” Johnson said. “California almost went there but they backed out and said it was too expensive.”

Walz called Johnson divisive and said he was unable to reach across the aisle.

“Pointing out a problem. That’s fine,” Walz said. “If you don’t have the skillset or the capacity to be a uniter, to be someone who brings folks together, it will never happen.”

Johnson countered that argument, stating that while serving as a state legislator in the early 2000’s, he successfully built coalitions with Democrats.

On immigration, Johnson found the courage to state the politically incorrect: the “Refugee” Resettlement Program has been a total disaster, reshaping the culture of the locales in an undeniably negative way Johnson said the Program needs a pause for the sake of protecting the people of Minnesota.

Walz countered saying Minnesota prides itself on being a high service state and said investments in infrastructure, education and healthcare pay dividends. However, the importation of refugees is ultimately being paid for by the Minnesota taxpayers, and immigration at its current rate through the refugee resettlement program is far from an investment for any Minnesota resident.

Read more about the cost of Muslim immigration in Minnesota. 

The highlight of the debate was Jeff Johnson asking Tim Walz point blank if he supported Minnesota becoming a sanctuary state. Walz dodged the question, only to have Johnson slam him on his fervent, rabid support of making Minnesota a sanctuary state on the campaign trail before a different, smaller audience. Walz refused to answer the question.

In the lightning round, the two also discussed whether they would sign bills increasing the authority of grocery stores to sell wine and make fireworks legal.

Walz was more open about legalized sports betting.

Walz supports limiting cell phone use to hands-free devices while Johnson said he probably wouldn’t support that policy.

Walz favors an independent or judicial commission to redraw Congressional boundaries after the upcoming U.S. Census. Johnson said it was an issue lawmakers elected by voters should decide.

Both Johnson and Walz are fathers of middle school age children, so neither would commit to living in the Governor’s residence if elected.

However, despite their political differences, it was revealed at the end of the final debate that each candidate owned a Chevrolet Camaro as their first cars; a 1973 for Walz, 54, and a 1978 for Johnson, 51.

“I’m just a little bit younger apparently. ” Johnson quipped.


Article posted with permission from Laura Loomer

The Washington Standard

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