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Mike McFadden talks to the Washington Post

While I was working on the article on today’s homepage, about Mike McFadden’s lack of concrete policy positions so far in his Senate campaign, I missed this piece in which he spoke to Sean Sullivan of the Washington’s Post’s “The Fix” blog.

He said he is “fine” with Minnesota’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage and is “pro-life” on abortion, said he would like to focus on issues where bipartisanship is possible. He also worried out loud that Democrats will try to do to him what they did to Mitt Romney by “demonizing” business decisions.

Other than that, I wouldn’t say he took any concrete issue positions. Here’s the most substantive portion of that piece:

He repeatedly underscored a willingness to work with the other party. “I think part of it is focusing on issues where hopefully you can build bipartisanship,” said McFadden. McFadden wants to talk about fiscal issues much more than he wants to discuss social issues. He said, “I don’t know why we’re fixated on these issues when people want a job that’s going to pay them more.”

The Republican said while he personally believes that marriage is “a sacrament”‘ between a man and a woman, he is “fine” with Minnesota’s decision to legalize gay marriage. On abortion, McFadden said he is “pro-life, but my focus is on getting kids educated.”

I wouldn’t say he took any policy positions in this either. But he hinted at a couple.

State Sen. Julianne Ortman, generally considered McFadden’s leading opponent for the nomination, tweeted that she, too, has just met with the Post.

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Comments (9)

  1. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 02/12/2014 - 12:50 pm.

    So he’s probably going to try to run

    against Al Franken rather than FOR any specific position that he could be criticized for.

  2. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 02/12/2014 - 02:14 pm.

    If He’s OK with Gay Marriage and Pro Choice

    He just lost the Republican base. Meanwhile, the rest of us will never vote for him because we remember Tim Pawlenty and the previous Republican legislative biennium all too well.

    • Submitted by Bill Gleason on 02/12/2014 - 04:41 pm.


      Didn’t the article say that McFadden is “pro-life” on abortion, and NOT pro-choice?

      • Submitted by Paul Brandon on 02/12/2014 - 09:18 pm.

        Maybe he said

        that he was both 😉

      • Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 02/13/2014 - 02:32 pm.

        You’re Right, of Course

        Sorry I missed that.

        But of course the reality is more along the lines of Mr. McFadden is “pro” whatever will place in him the position to allow he and his cronies to make the most money off taxpayers, extract the most bucks directly out of their fellow citizen’s wallets, and pay zero taxes back into the system.

        To meet things ends, he’s likely to be “pro” almost anything.

  3. Submitted by Tom Anderson on 02/12/2014 - 09:32 pm.

    Not taking a position

    Will make him just like our present two Senators who are against the medical device tax but voted for it. They are both still waiting for the Iran sanction problem to go away before they take a side. They both advocate bipartisanship while I ask anyone to name three Republican bills that they voted for (non-procedural) unless it was a law banning the killing of cute puppies.

    • Submitted by jason myron on 02/13/2014 - 09:07 pm.

      Get real….

      the Republicans would never propose a law banning the killing of puppies. They would want to let the market decide.

  4. Submitted by beryl john-knudson on 02/13/2014 - 08:25 am.

    Can’t stand on his own…no platform?

    Note the picture above:

    1: Glue the image above on a piece of plywood. Just the upper body half but no matter. Use a router to cut out the plywood image

    Won’t stand on its own but prop it up against your coffee cup. Half-full or empty.

  5. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 02/13/2014 - 09:12 am.

    More proof of

    the ability to talk and say nothing.

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