McFadden to Deliver GOP Rebuttal 08 Aug 14

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden will deliver the GOP’s weekly rebuttal to President Obama.

The party’s radio address is generally delivered by sitting lawmakers or governors, although some candidates have given it before. The choice of McFadden — even before Tuesday’s election to settle the GOP nominee to challenge Democratic Senator Al Franken — underlines his support in the Republican establishment.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office confirmed McFadden’s address. His speech airs Saturday at 5 a.m.

McFadden has the state GOP endorsement and a big money advantage against state Representative Jim Abeler and three lesser-known candidates.

Other Minnesota Republicans who have given the radio address include then-Governor Tim Pawlenty and Representative John Kline in 2009 and Representative Erik Paulsen in 2010.

McFadden has been making stops in the area as part of his campaign. He stopped at MinnWest Technology Campus and Nova-Tech Engineering in Willmar Thursday morning and was scheduled to tour Skyview Dairy in Hutchinson Thursday evening as part of his “Growth & Prosperity Tour” with the goal of visiting each of Minnesota’s 87 counties.