Still No Word From Heitkamp On Protecting America’s Nuclear Arsenal


Yesterday Senator John Hoeven sent out a press release detailing his efforts to oppose President Obama’s efforts to shrink the nation’s nuclear arsenal. This is important not just because the Minot Air Force Base here in North Dakota has, as one of its most important missions, the servicing of nuclear missiles in the state but also because downsizing our nuclear deterrents as powers like North Korea expand theirs is a bad, bad idea.

I don’t think that we should support North Dakota’s military bases because of economic development reasons. The first priority for the bases is, of course, national security. But the nuclear mission is an important part of our national security strategy.

But despite promising to be a strong advocate for the nuclear mission here in North Dakota, Senator Heidi Heitkamp has been absolutely silent on the issue. There’s not a single statement about the issue on her website, nor any comments from the Senator in the media.

Remember that Senator Heitkamp was widely criticized for taking big money from an anti-nuclear weapons group called Council for a Livable World. In fact, CLW was Heitkamp’s #2 source of campaign funds in the election, but despite that Heitkamp promised to “stand firm” on the issue and accused her critics of distorting the record.

“I will stand firm, as Sens. Dorgan and Conrad before me, in support of our air bases,” said Heitkamp to the Minot Daily News. She also called the charges fraudulent and negative campaigning and said “it needs to stop and the record needs to be set straight.”

But right now Senator Heitkamp has an opportunity to follow through on her campaign promise to stand up to President Obama, and to stand up for the Air Force bases in North Dakota, and it appears as though the Council for a Livable World has, at the very least, bought her silence.

Rob Port is the editor of 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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  • $8194357

    Barry is “all about” American nuclear diss armament…
    This man is a puppet to that end….

    Since he has been in office everything hes done has hurt or weakened America
    and her Constitution…Black made for TV Camelot bread and circus…
    Hiedi will play her assigned role like a good lemming useful idiot.

  • Game

    Couple of points; 1) We have a larger nuclear arsenal than we need, and reducing it by 20 or 30 percent would still allow us to kill every man, women and child in North Korea and still have enough of a deterrent for any other country. 2) North Korea is already building Nukes, and Iran is doing everything they can to get one. They are doing it to protect themselves from an Iraq like invasion, not to attempt to keep pace with the size of our arsenal.

    So it is really not about National Security, it is about protecting government subsidized jobs. I find it very funny, and more than a little hypocritical that the same guy who a few months ago called for closing the Air Force because it is a redundant military service now supports massive military redundancy.

    • Hal414

      You don’t know what you are talking about.

  • Hal414

    Let’s face it, the junior senator from ND is an unqualified back-bencher. Has she been able to articulate her viewpoint on any pressing issue since being elected?

  • Camburn

    The USA has enough nukes to blow the world up several times over.
    The conservative question is: “Why are we wasting all this money?”

  • RandyBoBandy

    Should this be surprising at all? She does not care about North Dakota at all. All Heitkamp cares about is pushing the national left wing agenda.

  • Matthew Hawkins

    Are we giving up all of the material necessary to make nuclear weapons?

    Are we giving up the intellectual property on how to build the delivery systems, by the way the toughest part?

    If the answer to both these questions is no, than we really aren’t giving up anything.

    We are not going to give up enough weapons that won’t get us past the first strike (or the second, or the third)? So why can’t we just build more?

    • camsaure

      Bill Clinton “gave the technology to China, who probably “leaked” it to N Korea. By the way, it could be a “little” late to attempt to build bombs to retaliate with after everything is destroyed. hint: thats how wars are won, destroy him and his ability to make war before he can. If you are to juvenile and snot nosed to understand that(you should have learned that last year in the first grade in a snowball fight) then it would be a waste of time to try to explain to you what a deterant is.

  • Opinion8ed

    I am sure Joel will ask her when she comes on his show so they can talk about how wonderful she is. The way to tell how she is doing is by how much her wealth grows as she is employed in BoomTown..

  • Camburn