Cravaack Gives Duluthians What They Want...Kind Of.

By KBJR News 1

August 24, 2011 Updated Aug 24, 2011 at 10:22 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) -- Tonight Duluth residents got what they wanted from Congressman Chip Cravaack...kind of. The Republican Representative answered the plea from his constituents to hold a town hall meeting in Duluth.

LeAnn Wallace reports.

The impromptu town hall comes after Congressman Chip Cravaack was greeted by protesters following a luncheon he was at yesterday.

Tonight's town hall in Duluth got a little intense at times. But with so many opinions in one room...that's almost expected.

The town hall began with a 20 minute power point presentation by Congressman Cravaack. He outlined the nation's fiscal problems, then turned things over to audience members.

From college tuition to health care, same sex marriage to job growth, people formed a long line behind the podium for the chance to ask Congressman Cravaack a question.

"I think out of respect for others you need to not shout out. Listen to everybody's opinions. Everybody in the room had one and all in all I thought it was good," said Chris Lane, Duluth resident.

"I thought it was kind of a rip off, being that he smoke screened us for 30 minutes and then gave us 30 minutes to ask questions. There was a long line, you know, I was in line I didn't get to ask my questions," said Jordan Kotzian, Duluth resident.

People also wanted to know what the Congressman plans to do for the 8th Congressional District if he runs again and wins in next years election.

He said jobs is his number one priority and getting Poly Met on the Iron Range up and running.

The Congressman didn't have time to take everybody's questions, leaving some people upset. He did however direct people to give their information to his secretary.

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