Minot Daily News Endorses Berg, Says Heitkamp Endorses “An Increasingly Larger Role For Government”
Democrat Senate candidate Heidi Heitkamp has tried to pass herself off as a limited government candidate this election cycle (a major departure from the enthusiastic big-government liberal she was before starting her campaign), but it seems as though the state’s editorial boards aren’t buying it.
Berg has a long history in state politics, and has been a supporter of less government regulation in both the personal lives and business dealings of North Dakotans. He carried that philosophy with him to Washington, D.C., after he beat incumbent Democratic Rep. Earl Pomeroy two years ago. Berg believes he can continue to use that philosophy in the Senate, where he would join Sen. John Hoeven to form a strong team for North Dakota.
Heitkamp, too, has a clear vision for North Dakota and the rest of the country. But Heitkamp’s view of a better America is rooted in an increasingly larger role for government, leading to her support of Obama’s health care overhaul and Wall Street bailouts. Heitkamp’s acceptance of campaign contributions from anti-fracking and anti-nuclear groups shows a lack of sound judgment on her part.
It would be hard to overestimate the impact of the Berg campaign hitting Heitkamp on her solicitations of campaign dollars from far-left environmental and national security interests. After Berg hit Heitkamp on her solicitation and acceptance of contributions from the Council for a Livable World (an anti-nuclear group) polling showed him up 68% in Ward County, home to the Minot Air Force Base which is in turn home to the nuclear mission here in North Dakota.
The contributions from anti-fracking lawyers hasn’t helped Heitkamp any either. And on that note, the NDGOP today released this video tying Heitkamp to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. It’s pretty devastating: