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Press Release: Stauber highlights vision for Jobs, Mining, and Health Care in debate with liberal opponents

HERMANTOWN – The media reports have been filed and it’s clear Pete Stauber laid out a vision voters in the 8th congressional district share when he debated liberal opponents Joe Radinovich and Ray “Skip” Sandman Wednesday at the Duluth Depot Playhouse.

The debate focused on a variety of issues including health care, mining, and jobs – areas where there were stark differences between Stauber and his opponents.

  • When asked about his record of traffic tickets, unpaid fines, license revocations, and possession of drug paraphernalia, Joe Radinovich provided, according to the Duluth News Tribune, a “seemingly flippant remark.”
  • On health care, Radinovich couldn’t answer how he would pay for his $33 trillion government takeover. Stauber explained: “The last time we gave the health care keys to Rep. Radinovich at the time, he drove us right over the cliff with MNSure.”
  • On copper-nickel mining, which could lead to an economic boom in the region, Radinovich refused to answer whether he supports or opposes, leading debate moderators to ask him to further clarify. When Joe refused, Stauber clarified: “You’ve been doing the Texas two-step in this entire campaign,” Stauber said. “Either you support copper-nickel mining or you don’t.”

News accounts of the debate:

The last time we gave the health care keys to Rep. Radinovich, he drove us right over the cliff with MNsure
When the moderators turned to health care reform, Radinovich and Stauber offered more of the same, with Sandman and Radinovich supporting universal health care. Stauber’s response: “The last time we gave the health care keys to Representative Radinovich at the time, he drove us right over the cliff with MNSure. Skyrocketing prices, hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans lost their health care. For you to sit here and say that we need universal health care, we can’t afford to give you the keys to the nation’s health care.” (MinnPost)

When it comes to copper-nickel mining and pro-growth jobs, Joe does the “Texas two-step”
The two tangled over a number of issues, including proposed new precious metal mining. Stauber challenged Radinovich’s professed support for copper-nickel mining with environmental protections. “You’ve been doing the Texas two-step in this entire campaign,” Stauber said. “Either you support copper-nickel mining or you don’t.” (Minnesota Public Radio)

“Radinovich ended his confessional with a seemingly flippant remark”
Radinovich, as he’s done multiple times, owned up to his history of parking and traffic citations, but ended his confessional with a seemingly flippant remark. “They’re parking and traffic tickets,” the 32-year-old said, “everybody has them.” (Duluth News Tribune)

Stauber is focused on supporting copper nickel mining and the potential economic impact
Pete Stauber is focused on supporting copper nickel mining and the potential economic impact. “Over $505 million dollars a year, that’s like bringing the super bowl to the iron range. It’s going to be a boom,” said Stauber. “It’s going to be good paying jobs and we can do it safely. If they don’t meet the regulations and don’t meet the environmental standards they won’t be able to do it.” (Fox-21 TV)

Stauber the only candidate who “fully supports iron mining, copper-nickel mining, and Enbridge Line 3″
[Stauber] added that he’s the only candidate who fully supports iron mining, copper-nickel mining, and Enbridge Line 3, without hesitation. Then, he accused Radinovich of doing the Texas two-step during the campaign about this. “Either you support copper nickel mining or you don’t.” (WDIO-TV)

Pete to Joe: When it comes to health care, “we can’t afford to give you the keys”
Healthcare was one of the most hotly debated topics. “For you to sit here and say that we need universal health care,” Stauber told Radinovich. “We’re not… We can’t afford to give you the keys of the nation.” (Fox-21 TV)

When Radinovich had the keys to health care, “skyrocketing prices, hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans lost their health care”
“The last time we gave the health care keys to representative Radinovich at the time, he drove us right over the cliff with MNsure. Skyrocketing prices, hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans lost their health care,” said Stauber. (KDAL-AM 610)