Dr. Scott Jensen sat down with Alpha News managing editor Kyle Hooten Thursday to react to the first major gubernatorial debate.
Jensen is one of five candidates vying for the Minnesota GOP’s endorsement to be the next governor of Minnesota. Alpha News has invited all five candidates to come in for a post-debate interview.
Jensen was the clear frontrunner heading into Wednesday night’s debate, but Dr. Neil Shah was “clearly the dominant voice on the stage,” Jensen said.
“In terms of … my own performance, I think that I spent my whole day having 15-20 fairly intense conversations with patients so it’s hard for me to get blustery,” he said. “I always try to be measured and balanced, I know in a campaign I may have to sort of move out of my Scandinavian roots and get a little bit more boom-boom kind of thing.”
Jensen also addressed his work at Planned Parenthood during medical school.
“I’ve been pro-life since I was a Reagan delegate in 1980,” he said. “When I was in a residency, a half-day a month we’d go with our director over to Planned Parenthood to do pap smears, treat STDs and bladder infections.”
Jensen said he’s never done nor seen an abortion.