Chris Kluwe sends debate challenge to 10 Minnesota Republicans

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Chris Kluwe now wants to debate Michele Bachmann, Kurt Bills, or pretty much anyone.
Chris Kluwe just can't find a sparring partner.

A couple weeks ago, the Vikings punter tried to bait Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, into a debate over her opposition to gay marriage. When Franson didn't bite, Kluwe made a similar offer to ex-Viking Matt Birk, who recently came out against same-sex marriage in an op/ed published by the Star Tribune.

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Chris Kluwe wants to debate Mary Franson

Now, Kluwe has sent out formal debate challenges to 10 Republicans, including Michele Bachmann, Kurt Bills, and Mike Parry. He's he's even set a time and place -- 5 p.m. this Friday at the Brave New Workshop -- and KQRS host Tom Barnard has agreed to moderate. An additional letter went out to Andy Parrish and John Helmberger of Minnesotans for Marriage, the group pushing the constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

"I would like to debate any and all politicians who are interested in passing the Minnesota marriage amendment so I can finally get a logical reason why we should discriminate against American citizens," says Kluwe in a statement.

So far, no one has taken up Kluwe on his offer.

Here are the 10 he invited to the debate the Internet so badly wants to happen: Mary Franson, Keith Downey, Kurt Daudt, Mary Kiffmeyer, Steve Drazkowski, Steve Gottwalt, Mike Perry, Kurt Bills, David Hann and Michelle Bachmann.

Ever since laying out his gay marriage views in a colorful letter to Deadspin last month, Kluwe has become the unlikely spokesman for the opposition to the amendment. The punter also appears in ad released this week encouraging Minnesotans to vote no this November. Watch it here:

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thekluneberg
thekluneberg

Asking for a "debate" seems likely to be a disingenuous request.  I say that because, in order to have a real debate, Kluwe would have to acknowledge that there is a rational argument on both sides of the issue (there’s no sense in debating if there’s not a rational argument to be made).  Considering his past remarks and the general tendency for the GLBT community to shout down anyone who opposes them as “hate-mongers, bigots” etc., I have considerable doubts that this is intended to be a rational debate of the issue at hand.  So, I challenge Kluwe to acknowledge there are logical, rational arguments in favor of the marriage amendment instead of just calling anyone who disagrees with him “literally an asshole”. 

 

If there is no rational argument to be debated, then this is little more than a challenge to a pissing match (not that there's anything wrong with that).  One in which Kluwe will likely continue his effort to persuade and impress shallow people with his supererogatory verbiage (I can use a thesaurus too Chris, but it doesn’t mean I’m brilliant).  Considering his profane, verbose, and pseudo-intellectual musings recently published online, I suspect he's not looking for a debate.  He's looking for a little self-promotion; perhaps to convince his followers that he possesses superlative acumen… or maybe just that he’s the smartest guy who kicks a ball for a living.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

Not surprised Republicans would be too cowardly to defend their bigotry.

leahruthie
leahruthie

@jpnagan Chris Kluwe is basically the best ever and my new football boyfriend.

formerrepublican
formerrepublican

 @thekluneberg

 "I challenge Kluwe to acknowledge there are logical, rational arguments in favor of the marriage amendment"

Umm, what are the "rational arguments" Mr. Kluwe is supposed to acknowledge?  I've heard none.

k2yeb
k2yeb topcommenter

 @MicheleBachmann Way to generalize probably a thousand representatives across the country. That sounds about as ignorant as what you are accusing republicans of...and I am not even a republican. I voted for Obama but I am pretty sick of hearing the better than thou democrats think that their party or votes have changed the world for the better. Um....nice try.

 

While I do agree many are bigots, if you think at the end of the day they are that different its time to go back to school. Change...um ok...health care is about it...we are still in wars....economy still sucks. Oh, but I forgot that probably 50% of my democrat friends (of which I am as well) think their party is above any flaws. Makes me sick. So, bigots or ignorance...your choice Mrs. Bachmann.

 

Have you ever listened to this guy on the radio. He thinks he is the smartest person in any clan of Warcraft. He just likes to think he is smarter than he is. Fact is, I am sure he is smart....but he is pretty arrogant. 

jpnagan
jpnagan

@leahruthie ha ha. Don't think you're alone with that one

thekluneberg
thekluneberg

 @formerrepublican haha, i didn't necessarily say there were any rational arguments... but like my original post says, it's not really a debate unless there's two rational sides to an issue

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

 @k2yeb Name one Republican politician you respect.  Just name one please and let's see how great of a guy he or she is.   Prove me wrong in my generalization.

sandman6723
sandman6723

John Kriesl out of Minnesota.  And I am a democrat who has voted for Obama and will again, I can't stand Bachmann and she represents my district.  Amputee war veteran who has pushed reasonable fiscal responsibility in Minnesota and spoke out against the Marriage amendment.  He is also being forced out by the Republican Party in Minnesota.  It's not all the representatives, it is their establishment.

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