3rd District candidates to face off Sept. 16

The second debate in Minnesota’s hotly contested 3rd District congressional race is on the schedule.

AARP will sponsor a forum on Sept. 16 with the candidates seeking to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Jim Ramstad, R-Minn. The debate will focus on a variety of topics, including health care, social security and the economy, AARP Minnesota State Director Michele Kimball said.

Republican Erik Paulsen and DFLer Ashwin Madia have already agreed to attend.

Independence Party-endorsed candidate David Dillon will also be invited, provided he beats his opponent in tomorrow’s primary election. Dillon’s campaign said yesterday it was considering legal action, because he had not been invited to the forum.

Dillon, Madia and Paulsen last squared off on Aug. 21. MPR has a summary and the un-edited audio available for your listening pleasure:

The one-hour Sept. 16 debate airs live on Twin Cities Public Television at 7 p.m. TPT’s Mary Lahammer will moderate.

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