Sen. Carla Nelson, R-Rochester, has declined her DFL opponents request for a series of additional debates. In a written statement, the Rochester Republican said there are already plenty of debates scheduled. Here is the entire statement:
"This senate district has a rich history of providing many opportunities to debate the issues.
We have already had a candidate forum which has since been broadcast on cable TV. The Rochester Area Builders will be holding our Candidate Forum on Sept. 25, 2012. The League of Women Voters, Chamber or Commerce and the Rochester Post Bulletin have scheduled debates for Senate District 26 on October 22, 2012. Many more debates or forums are in the process of being scheduled. I recall forums for seniors, townships, NAMI, the Tea Party and the LTC initiative just to name a few. The Post Bulletin will be publishing candidate profiles following our interviews with the PB editorial staff. In addition KSMQ traditionally provides a televised 30 minute forum that is rebroadcast multiple times for each legislative race in our area. I will be participating in each of these in addition to the “Candidates and Issues” campaign sponsored by KTTC. I do not see any reason for addition debates beyond the many opportunities already provided in this district.
I look forward to being on the dais with Mr. Moen to discuss our views about the challenges and opportunities for Minnesota citizens and their government. I am confident that the public will have ample opportunity to distinguish the differences between the views held by Mr. Moen and me. In addition to the debates, my record of driving government effectiveness and efficiency and balancing the budget to live within our means speaks for itself."