DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack has held a hastily called town-hall meeting at the Duluth International Airport.

More than 200 people crammed into a room to hear the freshman Republican talk for about 25 minutes Wednesday on what he calls a growing U.S. budget and debt crisis.

Cravaack called the meeting a day earlier after opponents accused him of dodging DFL-dominated Duluth for more Republican-friendly areas of the 8th Congressional District.

The Duluth News Tribune reports Cravaack drew some praise as well as shouts of anger.

Cravaack used slides and federal budget data projecting that Social Security, Medicare and interest on the national debt paid to foreign nations will bankrupt the country over the next three decades if government spending isn’t curbed.

The meeting ended one hour after it started.

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Comments (7)
  1. Pavel says:


    1. Sue J says:

      Hows that anger management class working out for you!!

      1. dan says:

        Its OK, Pavel doesnt really know what he’s talking about. I almost fell off my chair yesterday when he claimed that Bachmann went directly to Fannie and Freddie to get a loan. What a putz!

        1. Reality? Check! says:

          Um, Bachmann does have a loan that went through Fannie and Freddie.

          1. dan says:

            Which is it Fannie or Freddie? It can only be one of the 2. I guess you should have done a bit more fact checking!
            The end consumer does not know who is going to back their loan until after closing. You go to Bank of America to get a loan as a consumer not Fannie or Freddie.

  2. Betty says:

    So Cravaak, a Republican, is the only one holding a townhall meeting while everyone else is on vacation? I dont remember oberstar evr holding a townhall meeting and he was in office for 40 years!

    Cravaak sounds like a stand up guy to me.

  3. June in Duluth says:

    I was at the event. I didnt vote for him but he held his ground and made his point. No news here CCO

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