ST. PAUL, Minn. -- With two of the three gubernatorial candidates as former hockey players, you would
think a verbal brawl would be in store, but not Saturday.
Republican Tom Emmer, Democrat Mark Dayton and Independence Party Candidate Tom Horner debated on the
campus of Hamline University.
"I am going to be respectful, I don't know what you guys are looking for in terms of people going after another," Emmer said.
Students also gathered in a lounge to watch the tight race, get tighter.
With the November election just 24 days away, time is running out, especially for Horner, who is behind considerably in the latest Rasmussen poll.
"I'm not doing this as a stepping stone to another career, I haven't been running for public office my whole life, I'm doing this as a capstone to my career as a Minnesotan," Horner said.
Horner pledges not to run a single negative ad.
"We need to be honest with Minnesotans, we're not going to solve the budget problem with a bumper sticker slogan here and with the bumper sticker slogan there," Horner said.
And in that poll, Dayton is up just two points on Emmer. Dayton's risky philosophy could be paying off, admitting his flaws publicly.
"Unlike our current Governor who blames everybody else, I will hold myself accountable and responsible for my own performance and for my entire administration," Dayton said.
Whoever comes out on top, they have a projected $6 billion shortfall to deal with, which may be bigger than which party they belong to.
"As the Governor you're not going to be Republican, Democrat, Independent," Emmer said. "You have to go above that and
talk about things that people agree on. Government is not working, you can't keep growing government beyond its means, we have to start creating jobs in this state."
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