ND Senate Candidate Heidi Heitkamp Aligns Herself Closer To Sarah Palin Than Barack Obama

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Politico’s Dave Catanese reacts to today’s debate in North Dakota’s Senate race between Rick Berg and Heidi Heitkamp, and notes that the liberal Heitkamp attempted to align herself more with Sarah Palin than Barack Obama.

Democrat Heidi Heitkamp emerged from the North Dakota Senate debate with a unique approach: Aligning herself more with Sarah Palin than President Barack Obama — at least on energy.

In the first debate with Republican Rep. Rick Berg, Heitkamp insisted she would be an independent voice and took pains to separate herself from top leaders in her party. That tact couldn’t have been clearer when she wholeheartedly embraced Palin’s approach to energy production in her oil rich state.

“I think ‘Drill baby Drill’ is the way we need to do it,” Heitkamp said in response to a moderator’s question during a 50-minute long North Dakota Broadcasters debate in Bismarck Wednesday morning. “This is an area where I have vehemently disagreed with the administration. They’ve walked away from coal. They’re hostile to oil.”

It’s pretty bad when someone as far to the left as Heidi Heitkamp, who has pledged to support both Barack Obama and Harry Reid if elected to the Senate, has to pretend to be Sarah Palin to get herself elected.

Authenticity? Heitkamp apparently doesn’t know the meaning of the word.

Here’s the full audio from the debate. My analysis here.

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. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • Roy_Bean

    I see she has the Garmin working again, she’s in the state so she always turns right. Just wait until she gets on the other side of the state line, she’ll turn back to the left.

  • headward

    Very odd. Taylor is running ads saying the oil boom is bad. Sounds more like to say anything to win which would align with Obama’s campaign.

  • $8194357

    She sure ain’t no “mamma grizzley”…

  • brain trust

    She can say that now. DFL on the national stage stands for Deceit, Fraud & Lies.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      DFL is the Minnesota Dems. ND Dems are the NPL, Non-Partisan League.

      • kevindf

        The NPL is anything but.

      • brain trust

        My bad, the party has never made sense, I guess I haven’t paid much attention to them.

  • http://Sayanythingblog.com The Whistler

    You’d think that the voters of ND would be smart enough to understand this BS but they kept supporting Conrad, Dorgan and Pomeroy when they lied to us.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      That’s the balancing act Heitkamp has to pull off. On one hand, she can’t campaign as the liberal she is. On the other hand, if she goes too far right people aren’t going to buy it.

      • kevindf

        “Balancing” is one of the things they teach in shyster school.
        Clown college also teaches a similar skill.

    • $8194357

      True that.

    • ec99

      The lies didn’t matter as long as the pork kept flowing in.

      • http://Sayanythingblog.com The Whistler

        I think it was far greater than the pork. Afterall most off that stuff doesn’t really affect a lot of people. Playing the “supporting the farmers” game was probably a lot stronger. Of course during their tenure we lost far more farms than during any time didn’t seem to matter….

  • $8194357

    She can rebrand and re identify, but she can’t run from the
    culture of deaths core values, huh. Abortion, embracing Islam, gay marriage,
    and making the communists happy, kicking god out of the parties platform…
    Quote:
    There’s something very eerie going on at the Democratic National Convention
    (DNC). Where the Republican National Convention was about God and faith and hard
    work and individual achievement, the DNC is all about worshipping at the alter
    of big government. In addition to their open embrace of government, the DNC
    delegates also struck the word “God” from their party’s platform. Goodbye God…
    hello government.
    end quote

    Can the reign of the anti christ be far off?

  • http://www.themarketingsurvivalist.blogspot.com melissapaulik

    She is such a hypocrite, but the good news is that her supporters aren’t likely to be Palin fans. Whatever “points” she is going to get for an alleged support for drilling, she will lose by evoking Sarah.

  • fredlave

    She will “say anything” to get elected.

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