Interview: Rep. Tom Emmer shoots back at town hall criticism, promises debate

"Right now, we've got a country that's not demanding much in the way of news."

Jared Goyette
September 11, 2018 - 1:27 pm

Representative Tom Emmer shot back against criticism that he doesn't hold town halls and said he would debate his Democratic opponent during an interview Tuesday.  

"Anybody who has any questions about us, take a look at our history. I've been the most accessible member of Congress, I would argue, in Minnesota," he told WCCO Radio's Roshini Rajkumar. 

Emmer (R-MN06) is facing DFLer Ian Todd in November's election. The sixth district, once represented by Michele Bachmann,  is considered solidly red, with Emmer currently heavily favored to win reelection.  

Emmer's campaign staff said they are currently working with media outlets to confirm dates. 

Other highlights:

He criticized Democrats for what he called grandstanding during the Senate confirmation hearings of Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court. 

"Really, the system is broken? The system worked just fine when people participated in the system in good faith, in the nature that was intended, instead of grandstanding and trying to promote themselves. You are right, this happens on both sides of the aisle; it happens regularly on both sides of the aisle. It becomes about them as opposed to about the people that they're working for. "

He said that some media criticism doesn't consider the role of consumer demand. 

"Great that you want to complain about the media, but the media will provide the news that you demand. Right now, we've got a country that's not demanding much in the way of news."

Listen to the full interview here: