Political Campaigns Off to Slow Start this Year

Updated: 09/05/2014 9:26 AM
Created: 09/04/2014 8:02 PM
By: Tom Hauser

If you think it seems the 2014 political campaigns are off to a sleepy start, you're probably not alone.

There are few TV ads and no debates firmly scheduled in the races for governor and U.S. Senate.

"It's going be later than usual," GOP candidate for governor Jeff Johnson says of the 2014 general election campaign.  "We're still pushing hard to get earlier debates, maybe one or two in September so people can start hearing from us together on a stage."

In the 2010 governor's race, there were nearly 30 debates between August and November. Governor Mark Dayton says he'll keep the debate lid at six and all will likely happen in October and early November.

In the 2008 Senate race, Al Franken and Norm Coleman debated five times. This year as the incumbent, Franken proposes only three.  Again, all of them in October or November.

Republican challenger Mike McFadden would like more and like them earlier.  "We would love five debates starting the first week in October so Minnesotans in every community have a chance to see the difference between Mike McFadden and Al Franken," says McFadden campaign spokesman Tom Erickson.

As for TV ads, Jeff Johnson expects the pace to pick up soon.

"We'll be up on the air quite aggressively," he said.  "I'm sure Dayton's campaign will be, too, and people will be just as sick of TV ads as they always are by Election Day."

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