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WCCO DEBATE: McFadden’s record of ducking national security issues

Investment banker Mike McFadden has a record of ducking national security issues. Not only did McFadden hide from reporters one year ago and refuse to respond to multiple requests for a comment on military action against Syria, but he also literally fled from a voter when asked a question about the Patriot Act.

FACT: MIKE MCFADDEN HAS A RECORD OF DUCKING NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUES; AVOIDED QUESTIONS ABOUT SYRIA A YEAR AGO AND LITERALLY FLED FROM A VOTER WHO ASKED HIM ABOUT THE PATRIOT ACT

McFadden Did Not Respond To Multiple Calls From MPR To Give His Position On Syria. In September 2013, Minnesota Public Radio reported: “The fourth announced Republican candidate, Mike McFadden, didn’t respond to two telephone requests seeking comment about his position on military action against Syria.” [Minnesota Public Radio,9/10/13]

McFadden Did Not Give His Position On Syria To Huffington Post. In September 2013, Huffington Post reported: “The Senate candidates’ positions are below, broken down by state… Mike McFadden (R) — NO RESPONSE.” [Huffington Post, 9/6/13]

McFadden Left A Caucus When He Was Asked About The Patriot Act, Refused To Give His Position On It To A Reporter Who Followed Him Out. In February 2014, Minnesota Public Radio reported: “Mike McFadden walked into caucus meetings a few weeks ago in Apple Valley wanting to talk federal budget and the Affordable Care Act. Then came a question about his view on the Patriot Act and its power to hold people indefinitely without being charged. The GOP candidate for Senate left the room without answering, telling caucus-goers, ‘I’ve got to run to another meeting.’ Pressed by a reporter in the hallway, he offered an answer that had nothing to do with the Patriot Act. ‘Once again, my focus is on the economy, education and health care.’” [Minnesota Public Radio, 2/20/14]

Minnesota Voter: “He Ducked. He Literally Put His Head Down And Walked Out Of The Room And Said I’ve Got To Go.” “McFadden’s initial response to the Patriot Act question at the caucus in Apple Valley still frustrates 62-year-old Larry Billson, the guy who asked the question. ‘He ducked. He literally put his head down and walked out of the room and said I’ve got to go,’ Billson recalled.” [Minnesota Public Radio, 2/20/14]

Bottom Line: Investment banker Mike McFadden never misses an opportunity to play politics with national security.

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