Ellison, Fields briefly say 'hello' but take questions separately from panel

Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., and GOP challenger Chris Fields briefly passed each other and said polite "how do you dos" Tuesday, but they did not have a face-to-face debate as had been previously scheduled, MPR reports. The two sat separately to take questions as part of a panel discussion. The candidates did not hold a final debate after a testy exchange last week.
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Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., and GOP challenger Chris Fields briefly passed each other and said polite "how do you dos" Tuesday, but they did not have a face-to-face debate as had been previously scheduled, MPR reports.

The two sat separately to take questions as part of a panel discussion, and they saw each other briefly as Fields departed and Ellison arrived at the panel event. But they did not hold a final debate after a testy exchange last week. Ellison apologized after that encounter.

Fields wanted one last face-to-face debate, but he says Ellison ducked it, Golden Vally Patch reports.

Ellison told MPR, "Debates are for illuminating the issues and this one wasn't going to do that. I can't speak for anybody but myself but I didn't think it was helpful to the process."

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