Hamline University played host to the Fox 9 News
gubernatorial debate on Saturday, October 9. The event featured the three
leading candidates for governor—Representative Tom Emmer (R), Tom Horner (I),
and Senator Mark Dayton (DFL).
Students made up more than one third of
the 160-person audience. Other attendees included VIP guests from each of the
three campaigns, FOX 9, and Hamline, as well as faculty and staff. President
Linda Hanson welcomed the audience and thanked FOX 9 for bringing this event to
The members of the media panel for the debate were
Bill Salisbury of the Pioneer Press, Rachel Stassen-Berger of the Star Tribune,
and Jeff Goldberg, FOX 9’s political reporter. FOX 9 anchor Jeff Passolt
moderated the event, and co-anchor Marni Hughes introduced students who asked
Hamline senior Tescia Veldhouse asked the candidates about
higher education affordability. Click here to see an excerpt of that segment. Hamline junior
Rick Dornfeld asked whether the candidates felt they had any common ground with
each other. Click here to
see an excerpt of that segment.
During the hour-long debate, the
candidates also addressed questions on a variety of topics such as Minnesota’s
budget deficit, bullying, gay rights, and their personal challenges.
Students say they were excited to attend the debate and were surprised
by some of what they heard. After the event, many students had the opportunity
to speak to at least one of candidates at length and to shake hands with others
as they departed.
For complete coverage of the debate, watch excerpts here.