Walz, GOP Rivals Meet Before Farmfest Audience
Democratic Rep. Tim Walz had compliments for the two Republicans competing to challenge him when the three appeared Tuesday before an audience of farmers.
Republicans Mike Parry, a state senator, and Allen Quist, a former lawmaker, participated in a forum on agricultural and rural issues along with Walz on opening day of Farmfest near Redwood Falls. But the forum proved to be largely tame, with the three finding little to disagree on when it came to farm policy.
Walz, a three-term congressman and former teacher, complimented Quist for his repeated references to the growing size of the national debt and the importance of tackling it, The Free Press of Mankato reported.
"This is an important issue," Walz said. "The difference is going to be: How do you attack the problem?"
The forum came a week before Parry and Quist face off in the Aug. 14 primary in the 1st Congressional District, which spans a largely rural area of southern Minnesota. The winner of that race, which has been especially heated, will face Walz in November.
Quist and Parry tried to portray themselves as agents of change in Congress. Quist, a retired political scientist professor at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, said the prospects of future generations of Americans are imperiled if the debt isn't reined in.
"That's why I'm here, because I want my kids and grandkids to live the American dream as I have," he said.
Parry, a state senator from Waseca, expressed confidence that he'll have plenty of opportunity later to critique Walz, suggesting that he'll win the GOP primary and face the congressman in debates.
"You know, I'll save it for the debates ... and we'll talk about the voting record and what he does when he goes across the Mississippi and changes," Parry said. "He talks a good talk here. But we'll get into that later."
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