MPR News to host congressional debates

So far this campaign season MPR News has aired debates in the 1st, 4th and 5th Congressional Districts.

Now MPR’s The Daily Circuit will host debates in the 2nd, 3rd and 6th Congressional Districts.

In Minnesota’s 2nd District, GOP Rep. John Kline and Democrat Mike Obermueller will square off in studio on Monday, Oct. 29.

In Minnesota’s 3rd Congressional District, GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen will face Democrat Brian Barnes in studio on Tuesday, Oct. 30.

In Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District, GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann and Democrat Jim Graves will debate the issues on Thursday, Nov. 1.

All the debates will be from 11 a.m. to noon.

MPR is also hosting a debate between DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Republican Kurt Bills on Sunday, Nov. 4 at the Fizgerald Theater in St. Paul at 7 p.m.

Also this week MPR News will air tomorrow’s 8th District debate in Duluth between GOP Rep. Chip Cravaack and DFLer Rick Nolan at noon. That’s tape-delayed by a couple hours. And Wednesday at noon we will air another 1st District debate recorded Tuesday night in Mankato (and moderated by some guy named Gary Eichten).

And at noon on Oct. 16 MPR News will air an 8th District debate live from Cambridge.

Click here if you’re interested in listening to the debate in Minnesota’s 1st Congressional District between DFL Rep. Tim Walz and Republican Allen Quist.

Click here if you want to listen to the 5th Congressional District debate between DFL Rep. Keith Ellison and Republican Chris Fields.

Click here if you want to listen to 4th District candidates DFL Rep. Betty McCollum, Republican Tony Hernandez and Independence Party candidate Steve Carlson debate the issues.

  • Greg Copeland

    Dear Ms. Miller:

    The debates you held for CD’s 1, 4 and 5 were back in August, at the State Fair.

    I think the 1,800,000 Minnesotans living in the lst, 4th and 5th CD’s derserve a more current debate, one within a couple of weeks of the election! Two months old re-plays are not in keeping with your high mpr standards.

    I think you could re-schedule three hours of author interviews and your book club shows until after Nov. 6, and devote those three hours to three more Congressional Debates before election day!

    The Congressional incumbants should have one more chance to make their case as should the challengers. This is what mpr listeners expect.

    Thanks for your consideration.

    Greg from St. Paul, a loyal call-in listener.

  • Minnesota Central

    Greg, why blame MPR when they can only broadcast when campaigns are willing to allow their candidates to debate.

    Case in point, it is a disservice to the Second District that John Kline has refused to debate Mike Obermueller in public forums or even participate at the FarmFest debate.

    Actually, it is disrespectful for a candidate not to appear before the public in open debate … a brief call-in program is insufficient

    There are critical programs that Congress will cut and Chairman Kline does not want to take our questions.

    Mac Hall

  • Christian

    Hi Tom, can citizens request questions or topics to be addressed during the debate, or is it a set agenda?