Minnesota’s 2022 campaign has mainly focused on inflation, public safety, and abortion. These are the three most important issues voters mention in almost every state poll.
The final debate between the top candidates for governor on Friday focused a lot of time on… COVID-19? Governor. Governor Tim Walz supported the state’s response, while Scott Jensen, the GOP challenger, criticized it. Walz then attacked Jensen as a COVID skeptic and Jensen responded by defending it.
Jensen questioned Mike Mulcahy about learning loss and blamed Walz. He was responsible for large school closings and the rise of online schooling.
Jensen stated that he was a family physician and used the font-weight 400 ;”>”. “I am running for governor because Minnesota is fractured. I believe Tim Walz’s policies locking children out of schools is extremely damaging. His policies of locking elderly patients in nursing homes without their contact and dignity is an awful thing he did .”
Jensen stated that the Walz administration could inspect the restaurants to ensure they follow business closure orders, but that they couldn’t drive through a feeding program reporting falsely thousands of meals per day.
Walz later said that the burden on the state, schools, and health care system by the pandemic made more difficult because of Jensen’s public doubts over the dangers and his claims that the death tolls were exaggerated and that there were no proven treatments.
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Walz stated that Jensen’s public status as a COVID-questioner is the reason why Jensen was endorsed by the Minnesota Medical Association. Jensen claimed that the association is a liberal group that never endorses Republicans.
Jensen challenged Walz later to declare that COVID-19 vaccinations would not be required for students to attend school at Minnesota schools, as other vaccines such as polio, measles and tetanus are.
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Walz stated that the state does not have to follow the recommendation and that there is a process within the Department of Health for adding to it. Jensen argued that this was not enough, and Walz should state no, as Jensen has promised to do.
Jensen is he outside the mainstream of health professionals? He was asked.
Jensen stated that he believes he has been a skeptic. Jensen said Jensen was first to identify himself as a skeptic by asking Jensen how often the virus is listed among the causes of death. Jensen also stated that COVID-19 patients would have died from other conditions, so shouldn’t be included in the counts.
Jensen stated that he believes his public statements led the state’s medical board to investigate. The complaints to the board raised questions about Jensen’s public support of unproven treatments like hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin.
Walz said: “Out of the Mainstream” is a kind, gentle characterization.
Walz stated that this platform is being distributed to the public. “Many people, including the Minnesota Medical Association are deeply concerned whenever Scott uses a platform.” Walz cited the state’s death count of 13,463, and said that Scott’s response was to ask how someone died. This Walz did not help. Not to wear the mask. He cannot even practice in hospitals, as he is unable to follow their procedures span>
Jensen stated that ventilators were not used on sick patients early in the pandemic. This was because health care professionals learned that they can often lead to death and other therapies are more effective. During the early stages of the pandemic, many states purchased too many ventilators.
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Jensen stated that the ventilator was the fatal problem. “We reduced deaths rates after we stopped using ventilators.”
Walz replied: “Let’s not be misled, science can change its mind. They learned more. This is how the system works.
Jensen stated that he now believes the virus did not move from humans to animals in China, but rather escaped from a Wuhan lab.
Walz was asked for his response and stated that he didn’t want Scott to be “platformed” on this.
A MinnPost/Embold Research state poll this month found that COVID-19 was not a top priority issue for respondents.
The debate covered crime, taxes and state budget, as well as abortion, the Feeding Our Future scandal, and education. Both used terms and phrases that required insider knowledge of politics and government. Jensen also fell prey to Walz’s tendency to speak in clauses, rather than complete sentences.
It also gave the candidates an opportunity to present a closing argument for the small group of undecided voters.
“This election is about the future,” Walz stated. Walz stated, “This election is about our future.” Jensen’s vision was, Walz said, “is dark and fearful Minnesota span>
Walz stated that the state has overcome difficult times together and is now stronger than ever. We offer solutions .”
Jensen stated that he became a physician because he wanted people to be helped. He is running for governor “because Tim Walz hurt people”.
“Tim Walz failed. Minnesota is in crisis. We’re fractured. We are fractured.