McFadden avoids being forthright on climate change, Norquist tax pledge

It’s no secret that investment banker Mike McFadden has spent the last year going out of his way to avoid answering questions — whether that’s skipping debates, running away from voters or just simply refusing to answer questions.

But exactly one year after formally entering the U.S. Senate race and just days before the Minnesota Republican Party State Convention, Minnesotans are still waiting for McFadden to be honest about where he stands on the issues.

Mike McFadden refused to tell Minnesotans whether he’d sign Grover Norquist’s radical tax pledge.

McFadden refused to be honest with Minnesotans and answer “yes or no” when asked if he would sign Grover Norquist’s radical tax pledge. After refusing to answer the question during a radio interview on WCCO, the host said, “I think in this one, people do want a specific answer.” McFadden again refused to answer the question.

After McFadden refused to answer the question, State Sen. Julianne Ortman, another Republican running for the U.S. Senate and a signer of Norquist’s pledge, released a radio ad questioning why every U.S. Senate candidate hasn’t signed the pledge:

ORTMAN: “I was proud to sign the Taxpayers Protection Pledge, a promise never to vote to raise your taxes. It seems like common sense to sign this pledge, so why hasn’t every Senate candidate pledged to protect Minnesotans from Washington’s excessive spending?”

Mike McFadden won’t tell Minnesotans whether he believes in man-made climate change.

McFadden is the only Republican in the U.S. Senate race who has not told Minnesotans whether or not he believes in man-made climate change. At a Republican debate in Rochester, which McFadden refused to attend, every candidate in the race said they did not believe in man-made climate change.

MODERATOR: Do you believe in man-made climate change?

PHILLIP C. PARRISH:  (laughs) growing up on a farm…

MODERATOR: it’s a yes/no

PARRISH: Oh. No.

JULIANNE ORTMAN: Nope.

MODERATOR: Oh, that was quick.

CHRIS DAHLBERG: No.

MONTI MORENO: No

JIM ABELER:  Actually cows make a lot of Methane.

MODERATOR: [laughs] I’ll take that as a no.

Bonus Question #1: Does Mike McFadden agree with extreme conservative State Sen. Julianne Ortman that we should abolish the U.S. Department of Education?

At a South West Metro Tea Party meeting last week, Ortman said she wants to abolish the U.S. Department of Education. Watch Ortman’s extreme comments here.

Bonus Question #2: Does Mike McFadden agree with extreme conservative State Sen. Julianne Ortman that we should defund all family planning programs in Minnesota?

In 2011, Ortman voted for a Health and Human Services budget that defunded all family planning programs in the state, mirroring a push at the federal level to defund Planned Parenthood.