During yesterday's debate between DFL Rep. Tim Walz and Republican Allen Quist in Byron, the two were asked to give one or two word answers to questions as part of a lightening round (they didn't always follow those rules). As is so often the case in reporting, there simply is not enough space in print for everything that happened in the 90-minute debate. So I wanted to post their answers to these questions because I think they highlight some interesting differences between the two.
Do you think any changes in immigration law are needed to bring skilled workers in math and science fields to work for U.S. businesses?
Quist: "Yes to legal immigration, no to illegal immigration."
What one department or agency would you downsize or eliminate if you could?
Walz: "I think I would downsize the Department of Transportation."
Quist: "The EPA."
Do you support a voucher system for Medicare?
Walz: "Absolutely not."
Quist: "Not likely."
Should the Social Security eligible age be raised for younger workers?
Quist: "In the future."
The candidates were also asked to sum up their economic philosophy in the length of a tweet — 140 characters.
Quist: "Free enterprise works, socialism does not."
Walz: "Providing opportunities for middle class Americans to grow the economy and achieve the dream as we always have."