Kurt Bills

Bills, Klobuchar face off in final debate

At an MPR-hosted debate Sunday, Republican challenger Kurt Bills had pointed words for Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., who holds a big lead in polls. "When you're sitting here as a Democrat in the United States Senate from Minnesata, and you're so well liked and you have these numbers, why are you not leading?" Bills asked Klobuchar.

Klobuchar, Bills meet for final debate

Neither Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., or her Republican challenger Kurt Bills brought up new issues in the last debate of Minnesota's U.S. Senate race Sunday night at St. Paul's Fitzgerald Theater -- the fourth and final debate between the two before Election Day.

Bills' first TV ad hits Klobuchar over Petters

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kurt Bills hit the television airwaves with an ad criticizing incumbent Democrat Amy Klobuchar for failing to prosecute a fraud case against businessman Tom Petters while she was Hennepin County Attorney. Klobuchar and county officials have said they lacked the evidence to prosecute him in the 1990's. Petters was eventually convicted of running a $3.5 billion Ponzi scheme.

Klobuchar denies Bills' charge she went easy on Petters

DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar's opponent Kurt Bills is pointing to report on the conservative Daily Caller website that suggests Klobuchar, former Hennepin county attorney, had enough evidence to prosecute now-convicted Ponzi scheme leader Tom Petters but declined to prosecute, MPR reports. Her re-election campaign says the allegations made in a story on the website are "inaccurate."

Republican Kurt Bills says he could back tax increase

Perhaps raising some eyebrows among those in his party, the GOP U.S. Senate candidate said he would be willing to support a tax increase if it were part of a bigger plan to cut the nation's budget deficit. "I don't care if I have to have a verbal or physical confrontation with Grover Norquist," he said, referring to the conservative who has convinced most congressional Republicans to sign an anti-tax increase pledge.

Rowdy crowd spurs on U.S. Senate candidates Bills, Klobuchar

In an hour-long debate hosted by Minnesota Public Radio on Thursday, DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Republican challenger Kurt Bills mixed it up to hooting and cheering supporters on both sides. Bills sharply criticized the incumbent's stances and his fans booed her, and she shot back with pointed words of her own.

Bills wants Minnesota more like North Dakota

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kurt Bills says American farmers should be left alone, with less federal support, much like oil producers in western North Dakota. “My goal is to become North Dakota, not Washington, D.C.,” Bills said Wednesday, referring to that state’s oil boom that he said occurred with little government assistance. Bills is challenging Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., who is seeking a second term. The two of them made their first joint appearance Wednesday.

Bills tells Klobuchar he would have voted against Senate farm bill

Republican Senate candidate Kurt Bills appeared with U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar near Redwood Falls Wednesday, and said he would have voted against the farm bill passed by the U.S. Senate in June because it was too expensive. Bills, who is vying for Klobuchar's Senate seat in November, said he would support a smaller bill if its subsidies would go only to low- and middle-income farmers.

Bills wants full slate of debates with Klobuchar

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar's challenger, State Rep. Kurt Bills, says he wants 10 or 12 debates before the November election. But the incumbent has agreed to only two so far. Some political analysts say Klobuchar's strategy is to ignore her opponent.

Kurt Bills' Senate campaign coffers nearly empty

GOP U.S. Senate candidate Kurt Bills is in apparent need of dollar bills. The Federal Election Commission reports that the Republican challenger to Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar has just $5,841 in the bank -- approximately 900 times less than Klobuchar's campaign, which has nearly $5.4 million.

Bills feels alone in David/Goliath challenge of Klobuchar

Financial problems have limited what Minnesota's Republican Party can do to help Kurt Bills in his challenge of U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar. The national party is not helping much either, with presidential candidate Mitt Romney focusing on other states. Consequently, Bills feels on his own as he wages a long shot campaign.

Bills vows to take 'econ 101' to Senate

The Minnesota Republican Party selected Kurt Bills to challenge DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar for her U.S. Senate seat. He vows to help bring fiscal sanity to Washington. The high school economics teacher from Rosemount told GOP convention delegates he is like David fighting the Goliath of Klobuchar and other Washington Democrats. “I humbly ask you to send me to Washington to defeat the giants,” he said.

This time around, Paul welcomed at Minn. GOP Convention

Four years after being barred from speaking at the Minnesota GOP Convention, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul got a warm welcome Friday at the state's Republican gathering in St. Cloud. Paul didn't talk about his suspended bid for the GOP presidential nomination, but instead shared his message of limited government and personal liberty.

Minn. GOP endorses Kurt Bills to challenge Klobuchar

State Rep. Kurt Bills is the Minnesota Republican Party's pick to face U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar in the November election. The first-term Republican nabbed the endorsement to challenge the Democratic incumbent after two ballots at the Minnesota GOP Convention Friday in St. Cloud.

3 vying to be GOP challenger to Klobuchar

On Friday, Republicans are expected to endorse a candidate to run against DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar. Three are vying for the spot: Dan Severson, Pete Hegseth and Rep. Kurt Bills. MPR News this week examined what each of the candidates proposes to do about the nation's budget deficit.