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Gubernatorial hopeful Lori Swanson talks flood protection, health care during Moorhead visit

Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson and U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan visited Moorhead on Monday, June 11, 2018, during a tour around the state to promote their Minnesota gubernatorial bid. Carissa Wigginton / The Forum

MOORHEAD — Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson and U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan, DFL-Minn., visited town Monday afternoon, June 11, to tout their gubernatorial platform as part of their tour around the state.

Swanson, one of several governor hopefuls seeking to replace Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton when his second term ends, and running mate Nolan spoke to reporters on Monday, laying out their campaign goals of affordable health care, rural broadband and affordable education.

The attorney general said they will work to resolve and tackle health care problems, including sky-high costs and astronomical price tags on things like prescription drugs.

Swanson said they have to bring broadband to rural parts of the state where people do not have access to it, a change she said would mean people can be competitive in business and students can do well in school.

The cost of college has gone up 1,000 percent in 30 years, Swanson said. She said the state needs to make sure kids have the same opportunities as past generations, including to be able to get a good education that allows them to not be bankrupt when they come out of college.

The candidates also are focusing on ensuring residents have jobs that give them pensions and offer the possibility of a a dignified retirement.

Swanson also brought up the need to find a long-term solution to flooding in Moorhead.

"We want to make sure we have a process that is fair and balanced and moves forward in a way that fairly deals with the needs, so that we can have a permanent solution to the flooding problem once and for all in this area," she said.

Nolan said he'd focus on rural Minnesota, adding that the farm economy is at the "foundation" of small-town economic success.

Swanson has been Minnesota's attorney general for 12 years and was the first woman to fill this position in the state.

Swanson, a resident of Eagan, and Nolan, a Nisswa resident, announced their campaign for governor and lieutenant governor one week ago on Monday, June 4.

The pair will face U.S. Rep. Tim Walz and DFL-endorsed candidate Erin Murphy in the state's Aug 14. Democratic primary election.

The GOP has endorsed Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson as its candidate. Johnson will take on former Gov. Tim Pawlenty in the Republican primary.

When asked about gubernatorial opponents, Swanson said she and Nolan are not running against any other candidates. Instead, she said they are running for Minnesota.

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