He also expressed relief that voters who oppose abortion are unlikely to hear that he lost the MCCL endorsement because only Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) reported it.
“Those people don’t listen to MPR,” Peterson said.
The Grand Forks Herald, a local newspaper, calls the video “surreptitiously recorded” because Engstrom failed to tell Peterson that his statements to a voter were about to be recorded.
Engstrom disagrees that any of her actions were covert.
“The camera was out,” she told TheDC. “You can tell from the angle it wasn’t surreptitious.”
“I just thought it was really important that people would know the truth of what Collin Peterson thinks,” Engstrom said, according to the Grand Forks Herald.
“I absolutely love my college,” Engstrom told TheDC. “I love my professors. I just think it’s ridiculous that I’m not allowed to ask a question without having the school’s reputation to worry about.”
Peterson is a conservative Democrat and an incumbent. He has represented Minnesota’s 7th District in the U.S. House of Representatives for over two decades. According to Roll Call, Peterson breezed to re-election with 55.2 percent of the vote in 2010. Roll Call describes Peterson’s seat as “safely Democrat” in 2012.