Because of the death of Paul Milstone, it was a contentious debate . No one expected Ted Fondale (D) and Norm Doleman (R) to be the next US Senator.
The moderator asked, "Ted, because you just entered the race, no one knows what your view is on abortion. When does life begin?"
Ted let out a deep breath. "That question is a ridiculous waste of time. The election is Tuesday. People care more about the unemployment rate."
Norm banged his hand on the podium. "That's absurd! There's no reason we can't take the time. Don't you think the people have the right to know where you stand on life?"
Ted snickered. "If you were to ask most people on the street, they would say the economy is more important than abortion."
Normís face turned a crimson red as he scowled at Ted. "I've never said that the economy is not important! The economy will always be an issue. We can deal with both."
Ted sneered. "What are you going to say to someone who is unemployed -- Sorry but Iím going to put you on the back burner?"
Norm glared at Ted as he looked over the top of his glasses. "That's an outrageous comment! Iím not going to put the unemployed on the back burner.
Itís becoming clear to me that youíre a typical Democrat. You donít care about unborn babies!"
Ted smirked. "Abortion is here to stay. Thank God it will never end." He gritted his teeth. "We have a 15 percent unemployment rate, therefore people will do anything to get a job. They don't care about abortion."
By now, Normís face glowed like a red tomato. "You havenít answered the question. When does life begin? Sure, we all realize that Paulís policies destroyed jobs; so if we lower taxes the CEOís will have the money to expand their companies. At the same time, we can add a human life amendment to our constitution." Norm paused and shook his head "Why can't you answer a simple question?"
Ted threw his hands into the air. "The sad thing is youíll never understand the plight of the unemployed person. The economy is more important than abortion. I stand by what I believe."
On election night, the crowd cheered at Doleman headquarters. Norm walked out on the stage. "I just spoke to Ted and he congratulated me on my victory. He sounded very gracious when he wished me luck as your new US Senator. I reassured him that I will be an advocate to bring more jobs to our state.Ē
The crowd jumped to its feet while screaming for joy, Norm put his hands up and the crowd hushed. "Ladies and Gentleman, I have always been pro-life and I will not put the issue of life on the back burner just because we have a 15 percent unemployment rate. Again, so no one takes my words out of context, we will deal with both issues simultaneously."
The crowd roared as Norm stepped off the stage and shook hands with his constituents.
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