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Our View: DFL primary: Janezich

A spirited contest has developed for the DFL nomination for U.S. Senate. Eight candidates are in the race, and four have significant followings. Those four candidates differ little on the issues. They all want a prescription drug benefit for Medi...

A spirited contest has developed for the DFL nomination for U.S. Senate. Eight candidates are in the race, and four have significant followings.
Those four candidates differ little on the issues. They all want a prescription drug benefit for Medicare. They support federal involvement in public education. They think the budget surplus should be used to pay down the national debt before giving any tax relief.
With so little difference on the issues, it is the background of the candidates that counts most in this primary election.
That is why we endorse state Sen. Jerry Janezich, the Chisholm bar owner for the DFL nomination. Janezich has legislative experience and understands the give-and take of the process. He is also a member of the middle class where most Minnesotans are. Finally, he is the only candidate who lives outside the Twin Cities and, thus, best understands all of our state's needs and wants.
Of the other three candidates, we believe that Mike Ciresi, a lawyer by trade, would be the next best candidate. Quick of mind, in a negotiating session he would be a ferocious advocate for his side.
Rebecca Yanisch grew up in rural Minnesota and works in Minneapolis, but has yet to make a case for her candidacy.
Mark Dayton has run a good campaign and is said to be the frontrunner, but with so little difference on the issues, we think his background is the least attractive and that he would be the least effective senator of the four.
Don't be dissuaded by clever TV ads and campaign stunts. Of the four, Janezich would make the best senator and deserves your vote.

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