Utah’s only Democrat in Congress, Rep. Jim Matheson, asked for a meeting with the Deseret News editorial board Tuesday. He had a lot to say about the federal budget and his role as a so-called “blue dog” Democrat — a moderate capable of finding solutions that might cross the aisle.
But, as can be expected, the topic soon switched to the election and his race again Republican Mia Love.
Here are some audio excerpts from that conversation. I apologize for the audio quality, which is a bit soft. That’s my fault. Next time I’ll find a better place to put the recorder. The question now, of course, is whether Mia Love will request a similar meeting.
The first clip is his answer to a question about how he plans to campaign against Love, who is getting a lot of national attention as potentially the first African-American Republican woman ever elected to Congress:
In this second clip he tries to cast Love as “way out there” on the issues:
In this clip, he says he would welcome debates with Love:
Finally, he reacts to a question from me about whether voter turnout will be an issue, and especially whether he is worried about a Mitt Romney coattail effect in a state where Romney is extremely popular: