Berg Agrees To Three Debates, Heitkamp Campaign Talking Points Hardest Hit


Democrats have been trying to manufacture a narrative about Rick Berg refusing to debate his liberal opponent Heidi Heitkamp for some time now. Heitkamp and Ed Schultz teamed up to bash Berg over debates a couple of weeks ago, and more recently Democrats created a fake Twitter for a character called Rickey the Debate Dodging Chicken.

Of course, what Democrats don’t mention is that Berg had already agreed to two debates and today the Berg campaign confirmed that they’ve added another date. That works out to about one debate every three weeks between now and election day. That seems a prudent number because, frankly, these debates can be overdone as we saw during the Republican nomination process this year.

Three debates in a little over two months is plenty.

Meanwhile, though, Democrats continue to try and push the narrative about Berg ducking debates as evidenced by this tweet from Heitkamp campaign staffer Brandon Lorenz echoing far-left Fargo Forum reporter Kristen Daum:

I’m not sure what Lorenz’s gripe is. The subject of these debates are not limited. The farm bill can certainly be an issue brought up at all three. The truth is that Berg has agreed to a prudent number of debates despite Democrat attempts to mislead the public.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • ElizabethK

    I think Berg should steal HH’s thunder and challenge her to 75 debates, and then ceaselessly talk about it when she can’t do them all.

    • kevindf

      But she’s a mother who had cancer and children…………..

    • Rob


  • Jamer Morrow

    I am sure it will be a great debate about who can bring the most federal government money to North Dakota.

  • Jay

    You know, Rob, I keep hearing how Heidi’s running an “excellent campaign,” but having watched her ads and read her releases, I’m seeing a lot of sophomoric, juvenile tactics that don’t strike me as a compelling way to appeal to voters. Granted, Berg could run a better campaign, but he at least strikes me as a serious candidate rather than a sanctimonious prima donna.

  • Randy G

    It should only take one debate for the real Heidi to be exposed.

  • Wesley Fargo

    Rob, in a perfect world, they should let you and whichever left leaning moderator no doubtably Berg will allow to chair the debates, trade alternating questions to each of the candidates. but I’m sure they will select someone left of Mz. Pelosi to ask the questions. I suppose one of the debates will be on KFGO’ oh?

  • Willis Forster

    “Any” position can be attacked and should be to if only to contrast it to the position held by the political opponent. Obama got away with being a blank slate because neither the media or McCain even tried to get him to provide the basis of what he “hoped” to achieve or what he really wanted to change our country into. The pattern now seems to set, the media will never again ask a democrat to explain his airy generalities, but will relentlessly hammer republicans on imaginary issues like birth control banning, mediscare or the reinstitution of slavery.