Republican Tom Emmer is sharpening his criticism of Democrat Mark Dayton on the campaign trail. During a campaign rally today in Woodbury, Emmer relied on his platform of redesigning and limiting the size of government. But he also criticized Dayton for using his family fortunes to seek political office.
"What has Senator Dayton done with the great wealth that has been bestowed upon him?" Emmer asked. "He's offered to run for office for the last thirty years."
Emmer also said Dayton doesn't have the right "life experience" that the state needs right now. Emmer was joined by GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann and Minnesota Republican Party Chair Tony Sutton.
Here's the audio of Bachmann and Emmer: Listen
I'll post the audio from President Obama's rally once it becomes available.
I finally tracked down the audio from last night's 8th Distict debate between DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar and Republican Chip Cravaack. The two took part in the second and final debate of a campaign that has become pretty interesting.
You can listen to the audio here: Listen
Meanwhile, Oberstar released an ad criticizing Cravaack.
President Obama offered a defense of his party's policies, including healthcare overhaul and Wall Street reform during a campaign stop at the University of Minnesota. He told the audience that voting for Republicans would be voting to slide backwards and undo the economic progress Democrats had made.
Obama was in the Twin Cities to raise money for Minnesota Democrats running for Congress and to hold a campaign event for Democrat Mark Dayton's campaign for governor. Obama said Dayton was the only candidate capable of delivering change.
"So I need you to keep fighting, I need to you to keep working, I need you to keep believing. And if you knock on some doors again, if you make some phone calls again, if you talk to your neighbors again, then I promise you we won't just win this election, we won't just have Mark as governor, but you and I together, we are going to restore the american dream."
You can listen to President Obama's speech here: Listen
All of the candidates will attend different campaign events today. They will then take part in a live televised debate at 6pm on KSTP-TV.