North Dakota Democrats Excited About Candidates

Clinton Speaks to ND Democrats

North Dakota Democrats are fired-up about their candidates this election cycle. “We’re excited, very much, about the ticket we’re offering the voters, as a party,” said former U.S. Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D-ND).

Adding to the excitement was the presence of a major national political figure. Former President Bill Clinton spent Saturday in Grand Forks and dropped by the State Democratic Convention. It’s the first time President Clinton has been back since the city experienced devastating floods 15 years ago.

Earlier in the day, President Clinton got to see how the city has bounced back. But flood recovery wasn’t the only purpose of the visit. “The second reason I came here is that (former North Dakota Democratic Governor) George Sinner asked me. And I plead guilty. I love George sinner. I love Jane. I love everything about them. We served together. They, Hillary and I became fast friends, so much so that I actually got a pass from the Secretary of State to be gone over the weekend to come to North Dakota. And that’s a big deal because, you know, she has this traveling job, so she only comes home on the weekend. She got home last night. She said, ‘Now you’re going to be gone all day tomorrow? And you’re going to miss all those NCAA basketball games?’ I said, ‘George Sinner asked me to come to North Dakota and I get to go to Grand Forks. I haven’t been there since the flood.’ And she said, ‘Ok. You get a pass.’ The third reason I wanted to come is to make a case for why, not just for North Dakota, but for America, you should elect Heidi Heitkamp (for U.S. Senate)…Pam Gulleson (for U.S. House)…Ryan Taylor (for Governor)…and Ellen Chaffee (for Lt. Governor),” said Clinton.

Former members of North Dakota’s Congressional Delegation discussed the Democratic ticket. “The torch is passing to new leaders and they’re good. I’m proud about the candidates that will come out of this convention,” said Pomeroy.

“We’ve got Heidi Heitkamp, Pam Gulleson, Ryan Taylor, what remarkable North Dakotans! And I think they’re going to have great success this year with the voters,” said Dorgan.

But Republicans don’t share the same enthusiasm for the Democratic ticket. “Voters are going to take a look at the record on the issues that are involved with these candidates and I think that the candidates on the Republican side,we have an incredibly strong field in all of our races. And so the people that we’ve put forward for our convention here in just two weeks are really a phenomenal choice that North Dakotans have to make,” said NDGOP Communications Director Matt Becker.

Democrats are trying to pin blame for the bad national economy on Republicans, even though Democrats currently occupy the White House and Senate. “(Republicans) can’t run on their record. They’ve got to run away from their record. But we’re not going to let them do it! We’re going to remind people. We’re going to remind them of what they did. We’re going to remind them that they took this country to the brink of collapse. They took us from budget surpluses in the Clinton years to massive deficits due to the tax cuts that they gave the wealthiest among us. And President Obama inherited that. They took us from a solid banking sector to the precipice of collapse by allowing the big banks to increase their leverage from 10 to 1, to 30-40 to 1. And President Obama inherited that. They took us from a sound fiscal sector the brink of collapse with deregulation that allowed AIG and other companies to insure hundreds of billions of dollars of deals that they couldn’t cover. And President Obama inherited that,” said U.S. Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND).

The race for retiring Democrat Kent Conrad’s seat in the Senate could become one of the most closely watched races in the country. “They have a candidate, Heidi Heitkamp, who is running mostly on her record from the 90’s. And Bill Clinton now coming from the 90’s, once again. And so they can talk about the 90’s and we’re going to talk about the future,” said Becker.

Democrats think it’s important to cite the legacy of the Clinton Administration, along with that of the Bush Administration. “(Republicans) say that our economic problems are the fault of the Democrats. Really?” said Conrad.

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  • Tim Heise

    Wow. Bush is evil and obama is great.

  • Camsaure

    Holy cow! Have they no shame? Do the progressives really believe their own lies. Do their followers really love being lied to? The Conrat speil was really incredible.

    • ndoldman

      I have met a couple of them and the ones I have talked to have had the 100 wat bulb replaced with a 40 wat.

      • tomorrowclear

        That would be, “watt,” genius. 

        BTW, how many Tea Baggers does it take to change a lighbulb. Careful, this is a trick question.

  • Jay

    Go for it, Dems! Run against Bush again! It worked so well for you in 2010. For the record, Bush was a goddamn miserable failure of a President, but he left office three years ago. If the Dems have to continue trying to pin blame on him for everything, they’re just showing their vision of the future is a rearview mirror.

    • Opinionated

      I loved GW Bush as a man and I am sure he was not excited to have 9-11 on his watch.. he had other things to do and he was burdened with that..But I have wondered ever since I stepped foot into North Dakota why it is that the Democrats claiim that they have done so much for the people of North Dakota? What is there record? They have thrown zillions at the native americans and every single day I pick up the paper the yare screaming for more. They have been successful in getting handouts for the farmers. They have done nothing good for education except vote for teacher raises. What have they accomlished? Make them tell the good people of North Dakota what they personally have done for this state. They hate oil, they hate oil, they hate oil… they have fought us every step of the way.

      • sbark

        They hate oil, they hate coal……but have you noticed all of a sudden Herr Obama is the “Fossil Fuel President”…..

        ……with his claims to have drilled more oil than any other POTUS

        • A Citizen

          “…with his claims to have drilled more oil than any other POTUS”

          But he’s also the Liar in Chief.

          • sbark

            Obama wanted to play president,  was not ready be president.

            just another adolescant leftist

          • A Citizen

              The only way he could carry out his agenda of “fundamentally changing the country”  was from the inside.
            Unfortunately for the America that I grew up in, he’s succeeding.

          • awfulorv

            Just a fairly attractive young fellow, who was picked up hitch hiking one day by a Gay Harvard Professor.  With a gleam in his eye for the young lad, and his unique color, a radical idea formed in his brain. Before they’d slipped beneath the covers he was envisioning the first black,  POTUS.  And so they began telling the big lie of Hope and Change, over, and over, and over, and were surprised at how easy it was. 

  • flamemeister

    “North Dakota Democrats Excited About Candidates”

    So am I. …

  • donwalk

    All the voters need to do is remember that we have had sixty-three (63) straight months with Liberal Democrats holding at a minimum, two thirds of the three branches in Washington D.C.
    That would be in excess of five (5) years with nothing to show as a success in alleviating the economic hardships of American citizens.
    That would also include the period of holding the House, the Senate and the Presidency where they couldn’t even get enough support from their own party members to support President B.O.’s failed economic policies.
    Five years and still trying to blame someone else?

    • $8194357

      But its all Fox news fault for calling me a Muslim….Or some such nonsense…One goose out of step and he’s all paranoid again….


      He’s not well
      It increasingly appears to us that Obama is not well. He is delusional.
      The Puff Ho is reporting that Obama said that FOX News is calling him a Muslim 24/7.
      Really? Is there another FOX News channel that I am unaware of?
      Obama is scary, viciously nutz. Who ever says that on FOX? Ever?
      If Americans think Obama is Muslim (and I am not altogether sure that they do, more leftist trash propaganda) it’s because of his pro-jihad, pro-Muslim Brotherhood, anti-Israel policies. If Americans think he’s Muslim, it’s because he favors Islam over all other religions.
      Barack Obama Reportedly Blamed Fox News For Hurting His Popularity
      Huff Po
      President Barack Obama told labor leaders that Fox News had convinced voters he was a Muslim, according to a new book that will be released Tuesday.
      (The Inside
      Story of How Obama Fought Back Against Boehner, Cantor, and the Tea Party,” )by journalist David Corn,
      recounts a private meeting where Obama reportedly detailed his frustration with the outlet.

      According to Politico:
      Corn writes that after the midterm elections, Obama told labor leaders in December 2010 that he held Fox partly responsible for him
      “losing white males.”“…

      Fed by Fox News, they hear Obama is a Muslim 24/7, and it begins to seep in…

      (The Republicans have been at this for 40 years. )

      They have new resources, but the strategy is old,” Corn recounted Obama as saying.
      Obama has taken on Fox publicly as well. Last week, he took a swipe at Fox correspondent Ed Henry over a question on gas prices, and asked last year what he thought about Fox, the president told Rolling Stone,

      “The golden age of an objective press was a pretty narrow span of time in our history. Before that, you had folks like Hearst who used their newspapers very intentionally to promote their viewpoints.

      I think Fox is part of that tradition — it is part of the tradition that has a very clear, undeniable point of view. It’s a point of view that I disagree with.
      It’s a point of view that I think is ultimately destructive for the long-term growth of a country that has a vibrant middle class and is competitive in the world.

      (Evil capitalist 7.62)

      But as an economic enterprise, it’s been wildly successful. And I suspect that if you ask Mr. Murdoch what his number-one concern is, it’s that Fox is very successful.
      (All about the money with those conservitives, huh? 7.62)

      “Obama’s communications director, Anita Dunn, engaged in even harsher criticism, saying in 2010, “The reality of it is that Fox News often operates almost as either the research arm or the communications arm of the Republican Party.”
      End Quote

      (Blame game of what you yourself have been doing all along..7.62)

      Evil Fox News…Evil Republicans and their 40 year plan against the Democrats…

      And “I” don’t agree with them…
      I am your false moral high ground boy willing to take the abuse
      “they” direct at “you”…

      Alinsky 101?

  • Guest

    Bill Clinton:  Serial liar. 
    Earl Pomeroy:  Obamacare supporter, Pelosi stooge
    Kent Conrad:  Hasn’t done his job in years.  Doesn’t live in state.  As corrupt as they come.
    Byron Dorgan:  Has been trying to alter his past performance since he left office.
    Heidi Heitkamp:  Obamacare supporter, known liar, and has donations coming in from some of the most corrupt people in the nation.
    Ryan Taylor:  Extra for Hillbilly Hand Fishing. 

    Yeah, great cast.  

    • $8194357

      (Extra for Hillbilly Hand Fishing.)
      i knda like that show….

  • Mariner’s Revenge

    I’m excited because it’s pretty much a win-win for left-of-center people like myself. Unless other candidates besides Dalrymple, Cramer, and Berg win the primary, this is the most liberal crop of candidates on the Republican ticket in a good 20 years, and I actually prefer the Republican candidates for the most part. Well done. 

    • $8194357

      Only one party…The “incumbant” party….Buisness as usual….
      Move along nothin to see here…