Johnson, Walz Participate in First Debate in Nisswa

August 17, 2018 05:45 PM

On Friday, Minnesota gubernatorial candidates Jeff Johnson and Tim Walz participated in a debate in Nisswa.

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The candidates differed most sharply on taxes. Johnson flatly pledged he not only would take a "no new taxes" pledge, but promised to cut taxes. 

Walz said he's in favor of considering a gas tax increase of an unspecified amount. He also criticized Johnson for pledging not to raise any taxes, saying, "He just closed the door to any potential negotiation" at the end of a legislative session.

The candidates also expressed sharp differences on health care, school choice and the state's role in renewable energy.

The debate was held at Grand View Lodge in Nisswa and co-sponsored by the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce and the North Central Carpenters Union. 

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Watch the debate below:

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