Gubernatorial debate archive

The three major party candidates for governor have participated in over a dozen debates throughout Minnesota since the August 10 primary. Use the dropdown menu to jump to a specific debate to listen to audio and find related stories.

Oct 24, 2010

    Location: Metro State University, St. Paul, Minn.
    Sponsor: KSTP-TV and the League of Women Voters
    Summary: In a live televised debate, the candidates focused on state's budget, education policy and job creation.

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Oct 22, 2010

    Location: Rochester, Minn.
    Sponsor: Rochester Chamber of Commerce
    Summary: Health care issues too center state as each candidate showcased their plans for reacting to changes in health care reform recently passed in Congress.

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Oct 15, 2010

    Location: University of Minnesota campus, Minneapolis
    Sponsor: Minnesota Broadcasters Association and U of M partners
    Summary: Among other issues, the candidates talked about higher education and the need to cut costs to students and faculty on the University of Minnesota campus. After the debate, the cadidates also took questions from the crowd.

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Oct 12, 2010

    Location: MPR studios, St. Paul, Minn.
    Sponsor: Minnesota Public Radio
    Summary: The candidates addressed issues with ads, their budget plans and education. MPR also live-blogged the debate and candidate comments were fact checked live by MPR's political team.

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Oct 11, 2010

    Location: St. Paul, Minn.
    Sponsor: MinnPost
    Summary:The three candidates discussed children's issues and outlined their vision for early childhood education and children's health care.

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Oct 9, 2010

    Location: Hamline University, St. Paul, Minn.
    Sponsor: Fox 9 News
    Summary: The three candidates battled over the budget, huffed over higher education and argued over anti-bullying legislation.

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Oct 3, 2010

    Location: St. Paul, Minn.
    Sponsor: Jewish Community Relations Council and other organizations
    Summary: The three candidates discussed immigration and an array of other issues.

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September 24, 2010

    Location: Brainerd, Minn.
    Sponsor: Minnesota Hospital Association and Aging Services of Minnesota
    Summary: The three candidates talked about health care issues and how to cope with a projected $3 billion increase in health and human service spending.

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September 23, 2010

    Location: St. Paul, Minn.
    Sponsor: Twin Cities Public Television
    Summary: In the televised debate the candidates talked again about education issues and all renewed their pledge to increase funding for early childhood education.

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September 21, 2010

    Location: St. Cloud, Minn.
    Sponsor: St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce
    Summary: The candidates continued to debate budget issues and plans to fix Minnesota's fiscal issues.

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September 17, 2010

    Location: St. Paul, Minn.; Twin Cities Public Television
    Sponsor: AARPt
    Summary: In a live television debate, the cadidates discussed taxes, education, jobs and health care with a senior perspective.

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September 15, 2010

    Location: Minneapolis (Pantages Theater)
    Sponsor: Bring Me The News, the Citizens League and the LEAD project
    Summary: Spending cuts, income tax increases and sales tax expansion were again the main points of contention at the Pantages Theater.

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September 10, 2010

    Location: Minneapolis
    Sponsor: Association of Metropolitan School Districts
    Summary: The candidates debated education and school issues.

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September 7, 2010

    Location: Duluth, Minn.
    Sponsor: Duluth News Tribune and Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce
    Summary: This was the first debate by all three candidates outside of the metro area since the August 10 primary. They talked more about budget issues and taxes.

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September 3, 2010

    Location: St. Paul, Minn.
    Sponsor: Minnesota Public Radio
    Summary: At the Minnesota State Fair the candidates focused on the state's budget problems and their plans to solve the expected deficit.

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August 26, 2010

    Location: Golden Valley, Minn.
    Sponsor: TwinWest Chamber of Commerce
    Summary: The three candidates for governor debated compensation for public sector employees.

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August, 25, 2010

    Location: Brooklyn Park, Minn.
    Sponsor: Various tranportation entities
    Summary: The candidates debated transportation issues and infrastructure.

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August 24, 2010

    Location: Minneapolis (University of St. Thomas)
    Sponsor: Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal
    Summary: The candidates for governor debated tax policy, the expansion of nuclear power in Minnesota and the state budget at St. Thomas University's Opus College of Business.

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August, 17, 2010

    Location: Nisswa, Minn.
    Sponsor: Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
    Summary: The three candidates for governor debated jobs, the economy and education issues, stressing their executive credentials to an audience that cares about business.

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August 14, 2010

    Location: Anoka, Minn.
    Sponsor: Minnesota Game Fair
    Summary: The three major party candidates for governor voiced their support for hunting, fishing, land and gun rights.

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August 13, 2010

    Location: St. Paul, Minn.
    Sponsor: Almanac; Twin Cities Public Television
    Summary: In the first post-primary debate the candidates sparred over tax policy and the best way to solve the state's nearly $6 billion projected budget deficit.

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Candidate forums

The three candidates have also participated in individual forums hosted by the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute. The candidates gave speeches and then participated in question and answer sessions with host Larry Jacobs, director of the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance.

Democrat Mark Dayton

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Independence Party's Tom Horner

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Republican Tom Emmer

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