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Three DFL contenders for 8th District House seat have civil debate

The three DFL candidates are vying for the chance to face U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack.

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The three DFL candidates vying to face U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack in the 8th District congressional race met Monday in Brainerd in what was called a civil debate.

The candidates — Rick Nolan, Tarryl Clark and Jeff Anderson — took only mild jabs at each other, reports Mike O’Rourke in the Brainerd Dispatch.

Instead, they all called for called for “greater investment in education and infrastructure and pledged support for Social Security and Medicare,” he said.

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Said Nolan, a former congressman from a different district:

“The country is in big trouble. The rich are getting richer. The poor are getting poorer and the middle class is getting crushed.”

Clark, a former state senator who tried to defeat Congresswoman Michele Bachmann in 2010, said:

“I think Washington’s broken.”

And Anderson, a Duluth City Council member, said he wants to increase the $106,000 yearly cap for contributions to Social Security and reorder the nation’s priorities.

All three said they want U.S. troops out of Afghanistan.

And, says the story:

“Nolan said he supported same-sex marriages. Anderson said he supported marriage equality and Clark said she supported the freedom of people to marry the person they loved.”