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."