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McFadden responds to Franken’s first 2014 TV ad

MinnPost photo by Brian Halliday
McFadden spoke Tuesday morning at a meeting of the Republican Seniors of Minnesota in Bloomington.

Sen. Al Franken and U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden both talked about job creation today. Franken did so via a new TV ad that focuses on a bill he introduced to create partnerships between manufacturers and community colleges to produce better-trained workers.

McFadden did so during a brief interview after remarks he made Tuesday morning at a meeting of the Republican Seniors of Minnesota in Bloomington.

“I am a proponent of anything that creates job in the private sector, but what Al Franken has done is put regulation upon regulation upon businesses that has caused there to be less jobs,” he said. “The unemployment rate of people 20 to 29 is 11 percent. The crime is that we have the opportunity to get the economy going to jump start it, and I know how to do that.”

In his prepared remarks, McFadden offered the Republican seniors a taste — just a taste — of a jobs creation policy he would pursue in the Senate.

“I am a huge proponent of the energy industry,” he said. “As a businessman that’s worked in manufacturing around manufacturers my whole career, I know that with low-cost energy, we have a manufacturing renaissance. We can manufacture competitively on a global basis. That’s how you increase jobs, that’s how you increase wages.”

For some media members, McFadden has been maddeningly vague on policy positions, but promised to make a more detailed statements on jobs and business policy soon.

“It’s Minnesota’s sweet spot; it’s my sweet spot,” he said. 

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Comments (12)

  1. Submitted by RB Holbrook on 05/06/2014 - 01:18 pm.

    Manufacturing Renaissance

    All we need is low-cost energy for a manufacturing renaissance? There doesn’t need to be an increase in demand, because the geniuses in the boardrooms are going to ramp up production even if there is no one wants to buy their products?

    Maybe he should stick to being vague.

    • Submitted by jason myron on 05/06/2014 - 04:38 pm.

      Maybe he should stick to being vague.

      Excellent advice, RB. From what I’ve heard and read from McFadden so far, he would be wise to heed Lincoln’s advice…”Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.”

  2. Submitted by Todd Hintz on 05/06/2014 - 03:27 pm.


    NOW the GOP is worked up about jobs? And this is after they went through all the voter ID business, gay marriage, government shutdown, and on and on.

    Voting for the GOP is like voting for Lucy in the hopes that maybe–just maybe–this time she’ll hold the football for you.

  3. Submitted by David Koller on 05/06/2014 - 04:57 pm.

    regulation upon regulation

    “…regulation upon regulation upon businesses that has caused there to be less jobs…”

    America suffers not from too much regulation but from too little.

    And really, it is “fewer” jobs, not “less.” At least he shouldn’t speak in typos.

    • Submitted by Dennis Tester on 05/06/2014 - 09:58 pm.

      Nanny statists

      “America suffers not from too much regulation but from too little.”

      It used to be that the nanny state was only embraced by women and children. Or bureaucrats. But people who start businesses and create jobs or hold one of those private sector jobs, would agree with McFadden’s point, not yours.

      • Submitted by Tim Walker on 05/07/2014 - 07:15 am.

        About those pesky regulations …

        And people who want freedom from:

        * Chemicals in their drinking water
        * Polluted air
        * Exploding derailed trains
        * Leaking oil pipelines and oil tankers
        * Untested medicines with unknown side effects
        * Vehicle defects that will kill them
        * Etc., etc. …

        THEY will agree with David’s point, not McFadden’s point.

        Whose side are YOU on?

      • Submitted by jason myron on 05/07/2014 - 11:04 pm.

        Yes …the nanny state

        Bring back the good old days when workers were free to lose their extremities in factories, industry could just dump that pesky waste into rivers, streams and lakes and real men could take a big, deep breath of asbestos and keep on workin’…..”Sure, honey I’ve been a little short of breath, but I’m sure it’s nothing….management always has our best interest at heart…..”…Yup, the conservative idea of being a Free Man….free to trample over everyone and everything in search of more profit.

  4. Submitted by Eric Snyder on 05/06/2014 - 05:51 pm.

    McFadden and the reduction of America’s political IQ

    McFadden, like many conservatives running for or already in office, suffers from ideological blindness. A core conservative principle—a healthy wariness of government power—has been reduced to the abject, a level of thoughtless sloganeering (“limited government”) that ignores essential evidence.

    A powerful case in point:

    It turns out that well-funded government research as well as government investment has been essential to many technological breakthroughs and the success of various industries. Government can accept more risk and invest more in basic, long-range, and speculative research compared with private interests.

    One example from the above article is the early 1980s story of Semantech, a consortium of US companies supported by $100 million in government funding and purchasing, which elevated an infant industry to be competitive with Japan’s lead at the time in chip manufacturing. There are many more examples like this.

    The idea that we need only get government regulation out of the way to unleash private sector innovation may or may not be true in limited cases. But as an overall policy stance it’s simply not backed by any evidence.

    Why should we not be surprised that McFadden doesn’t get this? We need more intelligent and knowledgeable people in DC, not fewer.

  5. Submitted by Hiram Foster on 05/07/2014 - 07:50 am.


    What I would like to hear from Mr. McFadden is a discussion of the role lack of regulation played both in making him personally wealthy and in bankrupting America.

  6. Submitted by Bill Schletzer on 05/07/2014 - 08:11 am.

    Could have stopped reading after the first two paragraphs

    Notice how Franken makes a concrete proposal but McFadden offers platitudes with no concrete proposal. The only concrete thing he commits to is that he opposes anything that Franken suggests.

    Also notice how Brucato gives almost the entire article to McFadden’s complaints. She only mentions Franken in order to set up the attack by McFadden. Her column is called Party Politics. Maybe you could change that to A Party’s Politics, because she only writes to spin positive pictures of Republicans. Of course the only way to do that is to leave out all substance and flower up the prose to obscure that fact.

    • Submitted by Dennis Tester on 05/07/2014 - 11:36 am.

      The problem is

      Franken’s idea is just another government program. Does anyone really think that training partnerships between manufacturers and community colleges don’t already exist? Of course they do. Google “NAM-Endorsed Skills Certification System.”

      So Franken’s “concrete proposal” becomes just a political talking point with zero value.

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