Reader's View: News Tribune fact check exposed Stauber

Stauber's inability to engage in meaningful dialogue about public-policy issues during the debate was disappointing.

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I was pleased the News Tribune provided a detailed fact check of the first debate between Minnesota 8th Congressional District candidate Jen Schultz and incumbent Rep. Pete Stauber. The article documented Stauber's misrepresentation of Schultz's reasonable and thoughtful positions on law-enforcement issues (“ Fact check: Law enforcement claims made by Stauber, Schultz in first debate ,” Oct. 19).

Stauber's inability to engage in meaningful dialogue about public-policy issues during the debate was disappointing. He seemed to rely upon frequently heard sound bites that polarize and promote fear. When challenged to propose solutions, he only slinged more blame at others. In an apparent attempt not to alienate his base, he blatantly refused to acknowledge that President Joe Biden won the election, even though he has sought to downplay his actions to overturn the election in the media.

On the other hand, Schultz expressed a commitment to informed problem-solving and inclusive outreach to serve everyone in the 8th District.

Melanie Shepard



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