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Press Release: Joe says one thing, and does another

Despite saying he would debate ‘either candidate,’ video shows Joe refusing to let Skip Sandman speak at Brainerd debate

HERMANTOWN –  Once again, Joe Radinovich is saying one thing and doing another. 

At the Brainerd debate on Monday, independent candidate Skip Sandman was not allowed to participate due to a League of Women Voters rule. When an audience member recognized Sandman was in the audience and asked both Pete Stauber and Joe Radinovich if they would agree to allow Sandman to join them for the debate, the two main party candidates reacted very differently.

“When someone in the audience asked the candidates if Skip could join them I nodded in agreement and welcomed him on stage,” said Pete Stauber. “Prior to the debate Monday night, I spoke with the Chamber and expressed my disappointment with the decision. It’s disappointing Joe didn’t want Skip’s voice to be heard.”

KBJR-TV filed a report on the controversy and Radinovich claimed he would debate either candidate anywhere and anytime. The video, though, tells a very different story. Watch here. (Exchange between candidates is at 4:45)

Man in audience: “Would the candidates on the stage right now be agreeable to allowing Skip Sandman up there and speak?”

Pete Stauber: Nods yes in agreement to allow Sandman to join them in the debate.

Joe Radinovich: Looks away from the man asking the question, refusing to allow Sandman to speak.

It’s not surprising Joe didn’t want Sandman, a passionate protector of the environment, to join him on stage. Without Skip next to him, Joe could continue to do his Texas two-step trying to – as he even confessed to a reporter – “nuance” his position why he won’t support mining. In fact, at the Duluth debate last month, Sandman called one of Joe’s plans “BS.”

Joe has shown a clear pattern of not being truthful with voters. Whether it was not being completely open with reporters about his overdue and unpaid traffic tickets, trying to raise our taxes while refusing to pay his own past due debts, trying to “nuance” his position on mining, or pretending he will debate “either candidate anywhere, anytime” when he clearly refused to allow Sandman on stage Monday evening in Brainerd.

For 16 months, Pete Stauber has been traveling the 18-county district telling voters who he is. In fact, his TV ads have shared with voters across the district Pete’s life stories, his experiences, and how they have shaped his values. Stauber’s first TV ad highlights Pete’s law enforcement career, his experience as a small business owner, and his lifelong role of husband and father of four. Stauber’s second TV adhighlights a challenging time for the Stauber family when Jodi was serving overseas with the Minnesota National Guard, and Pete was playing the role of Dad and Mom to his four children at home (ages 2, 6, 7, and 8 at the time).

In that same debate Monday, Joe complained that Pete wasn’t being open enough. It was a curious attack during a debate on the issues, one of five debates Pete and Joe are having this fall – more than any other congressional race in Minnesota.

“Throughout debates, TV and radio ads, mail, op-eds, letters and other campaign events, voters know who Pete Stauber is and what he stands for,” said Caroline Tarwid, campaign press secretary. “Joe, meanwhile, continues to offer the same political double-speak that voters will reject on Election Day.”