Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Two Veteran Politicians Make Comeback

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two veterans of Minnesota politics are back in the spotlight after big wins in the primary election. They're bringing different approaches to the task of unseating congressional incumbents in November.

Democrat Rick Nolan and Republican Allen Quist won congressional primaries Tuesday after spending decades out of public office.

Nolan served in Congress from 1975 to 1981. He will challenge first-term Republican Congressman Chip Cravaack in northeastern Minnesota's 8th District. The 68-year-old Nolan says he'll run on ending tax cuts for the wealthy and investing more in schools, roads and other priorities.

Quist is a well-known conservative activist who served in the state House from 1983 to 1989. He will take on Democratic Representative Tim Walz in southern Minnesota's 1st District. The 67-year-old Quist says balancing the federal budget will be his campaign's chief message.

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