The Center for the Study of Politics and Governance and the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly are cosponsoring a series of public forums with the major party candidates for Minnesota’s 3rd Congressional District to foster informed and substantive discussion of important matters of public policy. The forums create an opportunity for the candidates to rise above the talking points and fractious back-and-forth of the campaign to address the important policy challenges facing Minnesota and the country. It also creates a forum for students and citizens to listen and raise questions with the candidates. The events are free and open to the public.

Scheduled Forums:

Ashwin Madia (DFL)
“Green Technology, Green Power, and Greenbacks: A Plan to Protect our Environment and our Economy�?
Monday, October 13, 2008
Noon – 1:15pm

Erik Paulsen (GOP)
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Noon – 1:15pm

David Dillon (IP)
“The Congressional Role in Creating the Next Long Term Economic Boom�?
Friday, October 17, 2008
Noon – 1:15pm

Humphrey Forum
Hubert H. Humphrey Center
301 19th Ave S.,
Minneapolis, MN

Smart Politics will also be live blogging these events.

Update: Paulsen has decided on a topic for his speech: “Why we Need Forward Thinking Leaders to Solve the Economic Crisis”

2 Comments

  1. rainman on October 11, 2008 at 6:18 pm

    I find it interesting that Paulsen has no title for his speech….do you think he’ll cry to the audience about negative advertising? The fact that he’s getting out worked and out spent by Madia just goes to show how dedicated the volunteers for Madia are. With Ashwin, they make more calls and engage more voters daily than Paulsen touches or talks to in a week. Erik still has no sound policy on how to help fix the economy let alone balance the budget….his extension of tax credits for the wealthiest (over $250,000 a year) will cost $2.4 trillion and he has no plan on where the money will come from….if there’s a way he could borrow it so our children and grandchildren have to pay it back with interest I’m sure that would be his answer. Madia is the only one talking about making the tough choices and balancing the budget. As he says, we will go at this line by line and dime by dime….a pragmatic approach to a very real problem. That’s the type of leadership we need in Congress.



  2. Jason on September 8, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    I find it interesting that Paulsen has no title for his speech….do you think he’ll cry to the audience about negative advertising? The fact that he’s getting out worked and out spent by Madia just goes to show how dedicated the volunteers for Madia are. With Ashwin, they make more calls and engage more voters daily than Paulsen touches or talks to in a week. Erik still has no sound policy on how to help fix the economy let alone balance the budget….his extension of tax credits for the wealthiest (over $250,000 a year) will cost $2.4 trillion and he has no plan on where the money will come from….if there’s a way he could borrow it so our children and grandchildren have to pay it back with interest I’m sure that would be his answer. Madia is the only one talking about making the tough choices and balancing the budget. As he says, we will go at this line by line and dime by dime….a pragmatic approach to a very real problem. That’s the type of leadership we need in Congress.