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.