Hagedorn, Lewis rally supporters in Rochester campaigning in-person and says they're gaining ground | KAALTV.com

Hagedorn, Lewis rally supporters in Rochester campaigning in-person and says they're gaining ground

Updated: October 24, 2020 11:33 PM
Created: October 24, 2020 11:30 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- It was a busy day of campaigning in Rochester on Saturday. Both Democrats and Republicans were holding events reaching out to voters.

Republican Congressman Jim Hagedorn and U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis were in town pushing to "flip Minnesota red."

Hagedorn and Lewis spoke with volunteers before they went on door knocking on people's homes and made phone calls convincing voters.

Hagedorn who is facing Democrat Dan Feehan said in-person campaigning instead of virtual events is giving him and other state Republicans an advantage. He also said that voters are concerned about the far left, "A lot of people are concerned with this massive left wing Democratic extremism that's out there with Biden and Harris is the most liberal person ever to run for president or vice-president all the way to candidates like Dan Feehan," Hagedorn said.

Meanwhile, Jason Lewis, who is in a tight race with incumbent U.S. Senator Tina Smith, criticized Democrats over a lack of government response on issues relating to "life, liberty, and property." Lewis added, "Democrats side perpertual lockdowns... federal lockdowns... federal mandates, defunding the police, packing the Supreme Court///what those radical positions are doing is driving the suburbs to us. People want public safety."

Republican voters at the event say they are concerned about jobs under a Democratic leadership particularly within the coal and oil industry, "I believe in the platform what it is being stood for and also our future generation... it's awfully scary what they're trying to convince the American people is ok and it's not," said Cindy Wiest, one of the Republican supporters at the event on Saturday.

Hagedorn and Lewis touted issues they say are important to their campaign such as less taxes, right to bear arms, and pro-life religious freedom.

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