With headlines like First District battle between Parry and Quist gets heated foreshadowing the action, the two rivals met and mostly jabbed at each other.
Parry was aggressive with Quist, at one time interrupting. He may have repeated a mistake that Randy Demmer made in admitting to never having read the health care reform bill ("Read the Bill" was a rallying cry in 2009 and 2010).He also made a rather bizarre statement about bringing people together across the aisle in the senate to get work done. In light of his flouncing during the state shutdown, this was laughable.
Quist focused overly much on the negativity generated by Parry's campaign.
Watch the mini-debate here:
Bluestem will have more analysis as we get a chance to fact check some of the claims, but our general impression is that the debate did little to help primary voters make up their minds. Kudos to the hosts for calmly moderating the two thin-skinned candidates.
Photo: The Itchy and Scratchy show, via the Owatonna People's Press.
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