Republican candidate Scott Jensen says if he were governor, he would call leaders of the nurses union and the hospitals and ask, how can he help to avert a strike at hospitals in Duluth-Superior and the Twin Cities.  But if nurses did walk out, would Jensen use emergency powers to make sure hospitals remain open?

“That would be a heavy-handed government to step into this situation and say, I’m gonna use emergency powers and demand this or that.  I would not rule it out from the realm of possibility, but there would have to be an awful lot of circumstances pushing in that direction.”

Governor Tim Walz’s campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the nurses strike.