His record stands in stark contrast with Heidi Heitkamp’s long list of bad votes, harmful positions, and grave errors in judgment on foreign policy.
REMINDER– Heidi Heitkamp:
- Voted repeatedly to support and defend Obama’s Iran nuclear deal.
- Opposed forcing Iran to recognize Israel and release American hostages.
- Wanted Obama’s ‘Russian Reset’ but called Russia an ‘Existential Threat’ under President Trump.
- Rejected the use of military force to take down Assad in Syria.
- Flip-flopped on withdrawing troops from Afghanistan.
- Stood against military officials who called for increased missile defense funding.
- Supported Freedom Act provisions that weakened intelligence community tools.
- Resisted moves to arm those fighting ISIS.
- Voted against the Ambassador to Israel’s nomination.
- Aligned with J Street, a liberal advocacy group used to oppose Israeli leaders.
- Called ‘hyper-partisanship’ our greatest internal vulnerability while continuing partisan attacks on her opponents.
“Heidi Heitkamp’s out-of-touch national security stances have left North Dakota veterans and military service members worse off,” said North Dakota Republican Party spokesman Jake Wilkins. “North Dakota’s veterans and active duty service-members deserve a strong leader like Kevin Cramer who will fight for them in the Senate.”
The U.S. economy accelerated to a 4.1% pace of growth, a clear win for President Trump’s pro-growth policies and his economic agenda that Heidi Heitkamp so rigidly opposes.
Heitkamp has a long history of supporting liberal economic policies that would drag our economy down. She campaigned on raising taxes on job creators and, as Senator, voted against President Trump’s tax cuts that helped create new jobs while letting North Dakotans keep more of their hard-earned money.
It’s no wonder Heidi Heitkamp campaigned so hard in 2016 for her fellow liberal Hillary Clinton, who said the President’s policies “would throw us into a recession.” To quote President Trump…
“Heidi Heitkamp has stood firmly in opposition to the Trump agenda that’s brought us great economic growth,” said North Dakota Republican Party spokesman Jake Wilkins. “The Hillary-Heidi agenda of higher taxers and harmful regulations is out-of-touch with the needs of North Dakota, and voters will remember that in November.”
Rob Port detailed Heitkamp’s politically motivated actions, pointing out that politicians like Heitkamp “are opposed to fixing problems that are politically advantageous to them.”
As Heidi Heitkamp continues to play politics with North Dakota farmers, it’s clear Kevin Cramer is the only candidate in this race more focused on helping North Dakota farmers than his own reelection campaign.
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I think we can adapt the Shirky Principle to politics by saying that politicians are opposed to fixing problems that are politically advantageous to them.
An example of this is Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s recent posturing around the issue of President Trump’s trade war which is creating some undeniable headaches for North Dakota’s agriculture industry. Soybean growers, in particular.
Back in April former North Dakota Senator Kent Conrad, a man Heitkamp has described as a mentor, suggested to the New York Times that the Trump administration “could direct the Commodity Credit Corporation, a government-owned entity, to purchase soybeans to buoy farmers’ revenues” as a way to ease some economic pain among farmers while Trump works on China.
That’s exactly what the Trump administration did:
The aid proposal, which relies in part on a depression-era Department of Agriculture program designed to bail out farmers, is the product of a months-long research effort intended to help the administration see its trade war through by warding off domestic opposition in the farming community.
The depression-era program, known as the Commodity Credit Corporation, is empowered to borrow $30 billion from the Treasury Department absent Congressional approval.
Yet perhaps because the Trump-is-hurting-farmers narrative is too politically convenient for Senator Heitkamp as she trails in the polling of her re-election campaign she’s attacking the very policy proposal her own political mentor suggested.
In a statement quoted by the Associated Press, Heitkamp says Trump’s package “still barely compensates for the losses to farmers and ranchers.” Heitkamp’s political allies at the North Dakota Farmer’s Union, which is basically a branch of the North Dakota Democratic Party at this point, are also downplaying Trump’s policy.
Again, politicians are opposed to fixing problems that are politically advantageous to them. Heitkamp was never going to thank the Trump administration for providing a safety net for farmers as his get-tough negotiations with China produce some economic turbulence. Her campaign has invested a lot of money in rhetoric in messaging about the trade war.
They aren’t going to just throw that away.
Though, to be sure, Trump’s bailout is not really a fix and it is really expensive. Yet those deploying that criticism are seeing the trees and not the forest.
Like it or not, we’re in a trade war with China. A communist country which controls every aspect of their industry and economy. The whole point of China’s retaliatory tariffs is to create political and social pressure on Trump in order to get him to knuckle under.
Backing down from China might be what’s best for Senator Heitkamp’s campaign, but at this point it’s probably not what’s best for our nation in the long term.
Heitkamp has failed to help secure our nation’s borders, politicized the farm bill, supported Obamacare, ignored the needs of our military, opposed tax relief for North Dakotans, undermined the President on trade, and callously celebrated a pro-choice victory for Chuck Schumer.
“The Vice President’s visit is a good reminder that Heidi Heitkamp is completely out-of-step with this administration and her state,” said North Dakota Republican Party spokesman Jake Wilkins. “Heitkamp has opposed the Trump-Pence agenda on every major issue, and North Dakota voters won’t forget that in November.”
Not only is this group’s attack so weak and desperate that they were fact-checked in their own pitched story, but they have already shown themselves as out-of-touch with North Dakota voters, wildly accusing President Trump of treason just last week:
“VoteVets’ involvement is nothing more than another sign that out-of-touch, liberal groups are worried about losing their friend and ally Heidi Heitkamp,” said North Dakota Republican Party spokesman Jake Wilkins. “Kevin Cramer is running on his actual record of support for our nation’s veterans and our military. Heitkamp’s team clearly can’t do the same.”
Yesterday, North Dakota Democrats released a digital ad falsely claiming Kevin Cramer is ignoring the concerns of North Dakota farmers. This falsehood came just one day after Cramer was appointed to the Farm Bill Conference Committee, a move Cramer welcomed so he could be a strong voice for North Dakota’s farmers, ranchers, and producers.
When Heitkamp’s team heard about this victory for North Dakota, they blasted this great opportunity as “politics at its worst” only because it might hurt her chances at re-election.
Heitkamp is clearly so desperate to distract from her out-of-touch, liberal voting record that she’s trying to turn good news for her state into another partisan, political fight. Unfortunately for her, she has no good reason to oppose Cramer’s involvement with the Farm Bill, though that’s not stopping her team from trying.
“Heidi Heitkamp’s shameless efforts to distract and divide are not going to resonate in North Dakota,” said North Dakota Republican Party spokesman Jake Wilkins. “Heitkamp should quit trying to score cheap political points and follow Kevin Cramer’s lead by focusing on increasing job growth, cracking down on illegal immigration and serving North Dakota’s agricultural community.”
But you wouldn’t know this from listening to Heidi Heitkamp.
Heitkamp’s team shamelessly called this victory for North Dakota farmers “politics at its worst.” Her allies curiously tried to argue Cramer’s appointment doesn’t matter since it was through a different committee, even though ND Democrat Earl Pomeroy was appointed the same way in 2008.
When will Heidi Heitkamp finally end these partisan attacks and focus on serving the needs of North Dakotans?
“Heidi Heitkamp is so out of touch and desperately trying to win reelection that she’s forgotten what is good for her state,” said Jake Wilkins, North Dakota Republican Party spokesman. “While Kevin Cramer is focused on being a strong voice for North Dakota’s farmers and ranchers, it’s clear Heidi Heitkamp only wants to disparage her opponent to save her failing campaign.”
Obama and Hillary’s Super PAC, Priorities USA, is pouring money into North Dakota to save their liberal ally Heidi Heitkamp, buying digital ads to spread misleading information about Kevin Cramer. They just weren’t willing to come to North Dakota to film these ads.
That’s right: Priorities USA seems to have hired out-of-state actors to pretend to be Kevin Cramer’s neighbors. The casting call demanded these actors be able to be “midwest nice” and “cranky.” Read for yourself about these “insulting” tactics HERE or in the article below.
“Having to hire out-of-state supporters should come as no surprise to a campaign so out-of-touch with its voters,” said North Dakota Republican Party spokesman Jake Wilkins. “National Democrats know that Kevin Cramer is the right person to represent North Dakota. No matter what cheap political stunts her allies pull, it won’t change the fact that Heidi Heitkamp will have to face the will of North Dakotans this November.”
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Heidi Heitkamp’s Political Allies Hire Actors to Play Stereotypical “Cranky” and “Trusting” North Dakotans With AccentsSay Anything Blog7.18.2018
Priorities USA is a Super PAC founded by Barack Obama campaign alumni which supported the Obama campaign in 2012 as well as the Hillary Clinton campaign in 2016. They’ve gotten involved in the 2018 election campaign by running ads attacking Congressman Kevin Cramer.You’ve probably seen the ad being promoted on Facebook:
You can watch all the different iterations of the ad, as well as information about how many people they’re reaching and how much money has been put behind each ad, right here thanks to Facebook’s new political advertising database.
What’s more interesting than the claims made in the ad itself (talking points Politifact ranked as “half true” previously) is how it came to be.
According to a listing on BreakdownServices.com, a casting service, Priorities USA seems to have hired actors to film the ad in Maryland.
The listing called for a “Caucasian male” to play a “cranky” man with a North Dakota accent. It also calls for a “Caucasian female” to play a “normally trusting” and “midwest nice” North Dakotan. Again, with accent. It says the parts are in a political ad “attacking Kevin Cramer in North Dakota.”
This listing is, at the time of this publication, accessible at BreakdownServices.com after registration:
The optics here are pretty bad.
Not only is it not a great look for a Super PAC which spent millions backing the national campaigns of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton (the latter failing to get even 30 percent of the vote here in North Dakota in 2016), but said PAC hired out-of-state actors to play to stereotypes of North Dakotans.
It’s…a little insulting.
Couple this with Heitkamp getting well over 90 percent of her itemized, individual campaign contributions from out of state and her campaign begins to look like a well-funded effort to put one over on a bunch of rubes.
Last night, Chris Berg posted a video highlighting Heidi Heitkamp’s preferred choice for President, Hillary Clinton, and her out-of-touch liberal policy positions. Hillary Clinton opposed the second amendment, promised to put the fracking industry and coal miners out of business, dangerously supported the Iran nuclear deal, and called Trump supporters ‘deplorables’ and ‘backwards.’
Through it all, Heidi Heitkamp stayed by Hillary Clinton’s side. She even doubled down, saying Hillary would be “one of the greatest presidents of the United States of America that we have ever seen!”
When will Heidi Heitkamp finally admit her policies are too liberal to represent North Dakota voters in the Senate?
In case you missed it…
. @HillaryClinton says the #SCOTUS is WRONG on #2A – 2nd Amendment and yet ND @SenatorHeitkamp says Clinton would be “one of the greatest Presidents…we have ever seen.” Plz WATCH ALL of this video & retweet if you feel people need to see this message. pic.twitter.com/a26yBCpgrW
— Chris Berg (@chrisbergPOVNOW) July 18, 2018