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Dean Barkley on Budget & Economy

Independent Senate challenger


Greatest malfeasance in economic history on GOP's watch

The candidates sparred over who's to blame for the country's serious troubles and who has the courage, stamina and independence to fix them.

Barkley, in particular, went bare-knuckled at his better-financed, big-party rivals, saying their campaigns have been corrupted by special interest money and negativity. He reserved some of his sharpest criticism for incumbent Coleman for, among other things, not doing more to stop the economic meltdown affecting the nation and world. "Norm, on your watch we had the greatest malfeasance in economic history. If you were in Enron, right now you'd probably be under indictment, not running for reelection."

Coleman responded that "It's easy from the cheap seats to throw shots," and said that Barkley and Franken lack his experience and his understanding of what it takes to forge deals in the hard-ball partisan atmosphere of Washington.

Source: 2008 MN Senate Debate reported in Star Tribune Oct 17, 2008

Favors lid on government spending

Q: Do you favor, generally speaking, a lid on government spending so that there are some restraints on how much the government spends?

A: Yes.

Source: Interview on Crossfire with Paul Begala and Robert Novak Nov 18, 2002

Other candidates on Budget & Economy: Dean Barkley on other issues:
MN Gubernatorial:
Tim Pawlenty
MN Senatorial:
Al Franken
Amy Klobuchar
James Niemackl
Jesse Ventura
Michael Cavlan
Norm Coleman


2008 Senate retirements:

Wayne Allard(R,CO)
Larry Craig(R,ID)
Pete Domenici(R,NM)
Chuck Hagel(R,NE)
Trent Lott(R,MS)
Craig Thomas(R,WY)
John Warner(R,VA)

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Pres.Barack Obama
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