There's about to be a Norm Coleman sighting. He's scheduled a 3 p.m. "media availability" at the Capitol today. It's unclear whether he'll answer any questions. Yesterday, his opponent -- Al Franken -- refused to answer any questions when he made his first public appearance since the recount started.
MPR will carry the event live on its news and information service stations.
FYI, the Franken campaign has ignored the questions I've sent over numerous times.
Give me a break. What makes you think the Franken campaign cares to answer your questions?
Clearly the Franken campaign does not care to answer *my* questions but you know, Aaron, we ask these questions on behalf of the people of Minnesota and listeners and it's not an unreasonable expectation for a person who campaigned for two years to represent us in the Senate, to use the bully pulpit to speak to issues that -- hard as this is to believe -- are important.
The same, by the way, goes for Norm Coleman.
Bottom line: It speaks to arrogance. Not because he wouldn't answer *my* questions, but because he didn't feel it necessary to answer ANYBODY'S questions, including the people of Minnesota.
We still don't really know who Al Franken is on many issues. As I've written before, the debates were horrible and he answered questions with a standard stump speech from which he rarely departed.
By the way, you didn't mention you are associated with the Franken campaign.
Franken has answered tons of press questions over the last months, had very detailed issue-based press conferences (where he answered questions from reporters) and did extensive phone and in-person interviews. He made numerous television appearances and was even a guest at MPR many times, not including the debates. My guess is that he's probably answered 50 questions asked directly by MPR's Mark Zdechlik, for example.
Bob Collins' questions do not necessarily represent "anybody's questions" nor the "questions from the people of Minnesota.
As for your request for disclaimer, I did volunteer for Franken's campaign up to the DFL endorsement but quit when I started writing for MNpublius back in July. I don't have any special privilege and they treat me as media, the same way they treat you as media.
And many times I don't get answers to my questions either. The difference is that I'm not saying that if he doesn't answer my questions it's a disservice to Minnesotans.
//Bob Collins' questions do not necessarily represent "anybody's questions" nor the "questions from the people of Minnesota.
No, you're right. They don't NECESSARILY represent anybody's questions. But, you know? I think this time they do. I think the people of Minnesota actually ARE interested in the future of Israel and the Palestinians. I think the people of Minnesota actually ARE interested in a senator's position on the coming stimulus package. I would have thought the Ford plant autoworkers were interested in the auto bailout bill.
When last we left Franken on the issues, he was saying that he would've sacrificed mental health parity in exchange for not having the Wall St. bailout. Fine, but those choices have gotten even *more* severe since he made that comment. But just because *I'm* interested in actual issues facing America, doesn't mean you have to be. You may not think they're very important questions just as the Franken campaign obviously doesn't think they're very important questions.
I'm sorry, Aaron, but this comes with the job Franken and his entourage said he wanted and he said he wanted those because of the issues facing the country, questions about which you do not believe are proper.
"This victory is incredibly humbling, not just because it was so narrow, but because of the tremendous responsibility it gives me on behalf of the people of Minnesota," he said on Monday.
So no crying now that the mean old news media wants to ask the senator some tough questions unrelated to his election. Nobody holds a gun to a politician's forehead forcing them to take the job.
Bob, has the Franken campaign given you any reason as to why they haven't answered your questions? I guess you say that they have ignored the questions you have sent, so probably not. Franken does list his stand on issues on his web site, but perhaps he isn't addressing some issues, like Israel/Hamas.
The question isn't about me or my questions, it's about responding to issues and weighing in. And, like I say, it pertains to both candidates. Personally, I never made any deal with anyone to stop evaluating the ability of these folks to represent me in the Senate just because the polls closed. To me, if I -- the typical Minnesota resident -- was important to you before the polls closed, I should be important to you AFTER the polls close.
Al Franken won, claimed the job as Minnesota's next U.S. senator, and then refused to answer any questions about what that means, what he thinks, or what his plans are.
Norm Coleman lost and today answered questions.
People may not like the answers, and they obviously don't like Norm Coleman, but facts are facts and the fact is one of these two guys -- when they FINALLY came out of hiding -- subjected themselves to public scrutiny by virtue of asking questions, and one did not.
If Franken had taken questions, my suspicion is one of the first ones would be, "if you were Norm Coleman, what would you do?"
Answer that question, and you give up weeks of press releases from your campaign staff criticizing Coleman, of course.