Paulsen, Bonoff Face off in Congressional Debate

Candidates in Minnesota’s Third Congressional District faced off in a debate Wednesday, trying to sway the vote of Minnesota’s business leaders.

Republican Congressman Erik Paulsen and Democratic State Senator Terri Bonoff participated in a debate hosted by the Twin West, Eden Prairie and Bloomington Chambers of Commerce. The debate focused on business issues with more than 200 business and community leaders in attendance.

The candidates disagreed on just about everything, including a gas tax increase for transportation funding, with Paulsen saying he does not support the tax, and Bonoff saying tax increases for transportation funding are the “one area” she votes for tax increases.

But Bonoff and Paulsen did agree that Trump hasn’t earned their vote.  Bonoff said, “I’m really concerned that a candidate such as Donald Trump has the potential to be President.”  Paulsen said, “Donald Trump has not earned my vote.  The candidate that I endorsed is not on the ballot.”

The Washington post named the Third Congressional District one of the five most closely watched national races in 2016. Subscribe to alpha news for continued election coverage.

Julia Erynn