Governor Tim Walz and Republican challenger Scott Jensen face off in their third and final debate today (Fri) at noon (on MPR).  Carleton College analyst Steven Schier says Walz needs to reassure people about the state’s direction and restore confidence in his leadership:

“But he will also be trying to emphasize what he sees as the extremism of Scott Jensen’s agenda.”

Schier predicts Jensen will attack Walz on a number of issues —  including crime, inflation and the economy:

“I would expect that he will be the more aggressive debater.”

Schier says national strategists have been saying Democrats have put too much emphasis on the abortion issue and Walz will likely keep that in mind during today’s debate.