Pro-gun, pro-life 15-term Dem faces stiff competition for House seat

Pro-gun, pro-life 15-term Dem faces stiff competition for House seat

Democratic Congressman Collin Peterson has represented Minnesota’s rural and conservative 7th Congressional District for 30 years. Now, he’s facing stiff competition from Michelle Fischbach, the state’s Lieutenant Governor, in November’s upcoming election. Special Correspondent Kaomi Goetz from Twin Cities PBS reports on how the two campaigns are battling it out. Read the Full Transcript Hari Sreenivasan: Continuing our Roads to Election 2020 series: We turn now to the state of Minnesota where a closely watched congressional race is heating up in a district that has been represented for 15 terms by a Democrat but voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump in 2016. Twin Cities PBS reporter Kaomi Goetz has the story. Kaomi Goetz: Congressman Collin Peterson angles his single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza plane above his home in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. Kaomi Goetz: Those pilot skills come in handy. The 15-term House Democrat and chair of the Ag Committee has one of the largest and most rural districts in the country. It’s also solidly red. Kaomi Goetz: Four years ago, Trump won the district with 62 percent of the vote. Peterson won too. But it was no fluke. There’s a reason this Hubert Humphrey mentee and conservative has stayed in office here for nearly 30 years. And he’s the only current House Democrat who voted against both articles to impeach President Trump. Collin Peterson: I don’t run with anybody. I mean, I didn’t run with Obama. I try to do my own campaigns, keep independent. It’s the way I’ve always done it. […]

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