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Wanting a "serious and civil exchange" not a "wresting match" in next 8th District debate

Posted by: Rachel E. Stassen-Berger under 8th District, Minnesota campaigns, Minnesota congressional Updated: October 21, 2010 - 6:05 PM

Let's just say Jim Oberstar doesn't seem to want a repeat of the raucous, testy debate that he experienced in Duluth earlier this week.

That debate, with Republican Chip Cravaack, was marked by shouting, heckling and anger -- from the crowd.

Here's the release Oberstar just put out about his next meeting with Cravaack:

DULUTH—Eighth District Congressman Jim Oberstar says he looks forward to a serious and civil exchange of views as he prepares to square off with political rookie Chip Cravaack in their second and final debate of the campaign Friday night in Grand Rapids.
The event begins at 7:00 in Davies Hall at Itasca Community College.  It is sponsored by the nonpartisan, nonprofit organization Debate Minnesota.
Oberstar says he is certain that Debate Minnesota will provide a more civilized forum for hearing the candidates’ views on the issues than the raucous spectacle that took place Tuesday in Duluth.  That debate, sponsored by the Duluth News-Tribune, the Duluth Chamber of Commerce, and St. Luke’s Hospital, was characterized by unruly Cravaack supporters who constantly, booed, interrupted, and shouted insults at the Congressman.
“The atmosphere in Duluth was better suited for a professional wrestling match than a thoughtful exchange of ideas,” Oberstar said.
“Debate Minnesota’s format will follow traditional debate protocol and will not allow audience members to behave badly as they were allowed to do in Duluth.”
On its website, Debate Minnesota states that its mission is to promote civility in the political process, and provide a platform for a fair, informative, and in-depth discussion of ideas.
“Elections should be about ideas, not about who can shout the loudest,” Oberstar said.
 

For lovers of the loud shouting, check out some of the video over here.

 

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