Hoeven: Berg Is Going To Win On The Issues
During an interview with MSNBC’s Chuck Todd, Senator John Hoeven was asked about North Dakota’s hotly contested Senate race. Hoeven made a good point about the race, I thought. He pointed out that Heitkamp has great name recognition and is running a strong, well-funded campaign but that ultimately the race is going to come down to the issues. And the issues aren’t convenient for Heitkamp.
This is North Dakota’s Senate race in a nutshell. If the determining factor for voters is which candidate they like better on a personal level – which candidate they’d rather invite as a dinner guest – then Heitkamp is going to win. But if the voters cast their ballots on which candidate best reflects where they stand on the issues, then Berg will most assuredly win as Heitkamp has moved far to the left of the North Dakota electorate.
Which is why Heitkamp has spent so much time putting down her party’s platform, calling herself an independent and claiming she’ll “stand up” to both the President and her party even as the Democrat campaign machine spends millions to get her elected.
Heitkamp is running away from her party, even criticizing her party and the President she voted for (and says she’ll vote for again), in order to pander to North Dakota voters. Her success on election day will be a measure of just how thoroughly those voters fell for it.Tags: election 2012, Heidi Heitkamp, John Hoeven, North Dakota News, Rick Berg