Heidi Heitkamp Has Gone From “Obama Is Amazing” To “I Stood Up To President Obama”


There’s a lot of cognitive dissonance coming out of the Heitkamp campaign these days. Fresh off an MSNBC interview in which Ed SChultz suggested that Heidi Heitkamp has been “helped” in North Dakota’s Senate race by President Obama’s policies (video at the link).

But nothing could be further from the truth. Heitkamp has spent the entire election cycle trying to get away from Barack Obama. One of her state party’s national committee members was threatening legal action against people to get video of her saying Obama is “awesome” off the internet. In her recent debate with opponent Rick Berg Heitkamp said she wasn’t a “tall, African American skinny man” (audio here). And now, in her most recent television ad, Heitkamp is claiming she “stood up to Obama” on the budget issue and the Keystone Pipeline.

The problem with Heitkamp saying things like this is that people like Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid are spending big money to get her elected. Heitkamp’s campaign has received $10,000 directly from Reid’s leadership fund, and has benefited from millions of dollars worth of attack ads paid for by Reid’s Majority PAC. The Democrat Senatorial Campaign Committee has also spent millions on Heitkamp’s race.

Does anyone really think that Reid and national Democrats are pouring millions into North Dakota to elect Heidi Heitkamp so that she can go to Washington DC and oppose Barack Obama’s agenda?

C’mon. Let’s be serious. Heitkamp needs to pose as somebody who opposes Barack Obama because North Dakotans aren’t going to elect an Obama supporter, which Heitkamp was up until she ran for the US Senate.

If North Dakotans want to elect someone who will oppose Obama – and that’s clearly what Heitkamp thinks given the tenor of her campaign – why wouldn’t they just elect a Republican?

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. 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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  • Janne Myrdal

    Exactly. A vote for Heitkamp is a vote for Obama.

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  • Jay

    I have a thought on this, Rob: Heitkamp’s very strategy of running from her party could well lead to her defeat. She’s basically following Berg’s lead on a host of major issues. Voters in North Dakota may ultimately decide if Berg has such worthwhile positions on the issues, it may make sense to vote for him rather than someone who parrots his positions. Just a thought.

  • Harold

    Why is Heidi even running as a democrat since she hardly agree’s with any of the things they want to do if elected? Seems like a strange choice to me to be a democrat when you don’t like much that they do.

  • zipity

    Her name is “Hidey” since her campaign is based on hiding the fact she is a radical Liberal Demoncrat…..