“The Affordable Care Act has been a disastrous for my wife and I. For the last several years we spent over $30,000 a year to purchase healthcare. Any plan the Republicans can come up with has got to be better.. What the hell do we have to lose.”- Barry Argabright, Fargo
“Waters of the U.S. Rule (WOTUS) has been disastrous for farmers interfering with our ability to manage our land and create economic opportunity. Kevin has consistently opposed WOTUS as an unconstitutional power grab by the federal government. We need that kind of a Senator in DC representing North Dakota’s interests.” – Ryan Wanzek, Jamestown farmer
“Heidi and Conrad’s recent ad blaming Rep. Cramer for the national debt is unbelievably dishonest. On January 20, 2009, when Obama was sworn in, the debt was $10.626 trillion. On January 20, 2017, when he left, it was $19.947 trillion. That’s why most people say Obama added $9 trillion to the debt, more than any other president. Heidi supported this reckless growth in debt.” – Sylvan Melroe, Fargo Veteran
“Kevin’s records proves he supports legal and sensible immigrations. Heidi has voted for chaos and anarchy at the border. American’s are not against immigration, we are simply against unregulated and illegal immigration. No society can survive thousands upon thousands of people flooding their borders with no existing support system. The result is anarchy, crime and exhaustion of societal resources. This should not be a Democrat issue or a Republican issue, this is an American issue.” – Rockne Earles, Oriska retired businessman
“Heidi Heitkamp has made it clear her real home is in Washington DC, where she votes with Chuck Schumer and national liberals against tax cuts, conservative judges, banning late-term abortion or cracking down on illegal immigration,” said North Dakota Republican Party Communications Director Jake Wilkins. “North Dakotans are ready to tell Heitkamp to go home by voting for Kevin Cramer this November.”
Heidi Heitkamp gave her state party $3 million, and they are using it to depress voter turnout in North Dakota.
A reader alerted me to this curious message on Facebook which tells voters they may lose their hunting licenses in other states if they vote:
Facebook keeps a searchable database of the political ads which run on their platform. I searched for this particular ad to verify it, and it’s real. Paid for by the North Dakota Democratic-NPL:
The ad is promoting a Facebook Page titled “Hunter Alert,” though at this point there is no content there other than some logos.
I reached out to Democrats about the ad, asking what facts they’re basing this claim that hunters may lose their licenses for voting on. The Democrats typically don’t respond to my inquiries, however.
I’ve been writing about politics for more than 15 years now, and this is the first time I’ve ever heard of something like this.
I contacted Secretary of State Al Jaeger and asked if he’d ever heard of this claim before. “No,” he told me. “We’re not involved at all in the requirements for getting a hunting license. A question like what you have needs to be directed to the Game & Fish Department. I doubt that there’s any connection.”
“We’ve never heard of that, Randy Meissner, the licensing manager for North Dakota Game & Fish, told me when I contacted him and read him the text of the ad. I sent him the links and screenshots for the ad and he said he was going to run the claim by his administration.
This ad comes at a time when North Dakota Democrats are accusing the Republican legislative majority in the state of trying to suppress Native American votes with voter ID requirements.
Following her lackluster debate performance Friday, Heidi Heitkamp’s campaign has tried to convince voters they have momentum simply by telling voters they have momentum.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 31, 2018
My “Pretend North Dakota is Still My Home” Tour
Thursday, Nov 1
*Former* VP Rally
10:30 AM – Ask Joe Biden to not say something bad during the rally.
11:30 AM – Apologize for whatever Joe Biden says during the rally.
3:15 PM – Rewatch the rally with the sound off.
5:45 PM – Call sexual assault victims to apologize.
6:00 PM – Continue attacking Kevin Cramer.
Friday, Nov 2
8:00 AM – Check in on my house (not the $1 million DC home, the other one).
11:00 AM – Tell tribes how easy it is to vote in North Dakota, despite what my campaign says.
6:15 PM – Argue with Baker Boy Donuts employees about the tax cuts.
Saturday, Nov 3
8:15 AM – approve campaign’s political attacks.
8:45 AM – Let my chief of staff yell at reporters who don’t write friendly stories.
11:00 AM – Find more unpopular former politicians to be campaign surrogates.
4:30 PM – Brag about supporting Obamacare, which drove up health care premiums 44%.
5:45 PM – Hope voters forget I did nothing during the DAPL protests.
Sunday, Nov 4
6:15 PM – Ask Chuck Schumer what positions I’m allowed to take this week.
10:15 AM – Let my official office keep attacking a veteran.
2:45 PM – Knock the doors of reliable Republicans because our data isn’t very good.
5:45 PM – Pledge to repeal the tax cuts since they’re working so poorly in North Dakota (I think?).
Monday, Nov 5
8:45 AM – Resist the urge to discuss repeated abortion flip-flops.
11:30 AM – Pretend to be a moderate to fool the western, conservative part of the state.
4:15 PM – Pretend to be a liberal to fool the eastern, moderate part of the state.
6:45 PM – Dismiss “sanctuary cities” as a scare tactic one final time.
Tuesday, Nov 6
8:01 PM – Concede to Kevin Cramer.
Heidi Heitkamp’s brother and de-facto campaign spokesman Joel continued his auditions for a spot on MSNBC this morning, and it’s safe to say it didn’t go well.
Heidi Heitkamp has spent her campaign cozying up to President Trump, hoping voters forget her liberal record.
But now in a moment of desperation, Heitkamp is bringing Joe Biden, the second highest ranking official of an administration that:
- Offered amnesty
- Protected late-term abortion
- Caused premiums to skyrocket
- Burdened the agriculture industry with the WOTUS regulation
- Put energy jobs at risk with the Clean Power Plan and BLM Flaring Rule
- And told North Dakota’s small businesses, “You didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”
This is the agenda Heitkamp supported nearly 90% of the time.
“Heidi Heitkamp supported the Obama-Biden agenda even when it was wrong for North Dakota,” said North Dakota Republican Party Communications Director Jake Wilkins. “Joe Biden won’t be able to make North Dakota voters forget Heitkamp’s anti-North Dakota record.”
North Dakota Republican Party Communications Director Jake Wilkins issued the following statement on another debate victory from Kevin Cramer:
“Just less than two weeks from being ousted, Heidi Heitkamp seems to have perfected the art of Washington doublespeak that North Dakotans have come to resent. Heidi’s out-of-touch, liberal record was again on full display tonight; and North Dakotans are ready to reject her campaign of lies, manufactured controversy, and grave errors in judgement.”
A week later, she seemed to have learned nothing, using a WWII veteran’s picture and story without his permission to tout her office’s own work.
LET’S BE CLEAR: Heidi Heitkamp exploits whoever she can for political gain. This was not an isolated incident, but rather consistently bad judgement from Heidi Heitkamp.
Coming off the worst month of her political career, Heidi Heitkamp comes into this debate in desperate need of an outright win.
At this final debate, Heitkamp needs to not only answer for her grave errors in judgement, but also her anti-North Dakota positions, such as:
Why did she say she would oppose late-term abortion, but then vote to support it?
Why did she fail to crack down on sanctuary cities and dismiss the issue as a scare tactic?
Why has she voted for higher premiums and fewer health care choices?
Why does she play politics with the ag community, and continue to prolong trade disputes by undermining the President?
Did your campaign violate FEC regulations while trying to bury an apology to the sexual assault victims outed by your campaign?
After wrongly outing abuse survivors in an attempt to score political points, then doing the same to a WWII veteran, how can North Dakota trust her judgement?
“Heidi Heitkamp will again use this debate to try to distract voters from her out-of-touch, liberal voting record,” said North Dakota Republican Party Communications Director Jake Wilkins. “Heidi needs to be held accountable for consistently opposing what’s best for North Dakotans while exploiting them for her own political gain.”
A gaffe prone politician who’s made grave errors in judgement will be campaigning for a heated North Dakota Senate race this November, and it won’t just be Heidi Heitkamp.
Heitkamp has invited *former* Vice President Joe Biden, one of the few politicians as unpopular here as she is, to campaign with her this November.
REMINDER: These two share a lot in common. With a shared propensity for gaffes and an underwhelming performance on the campaign trail, Biden was a thorn in the side of the 2012 Democrat ticket the same way Heidi has been for the National Democrats in 2018. A few Biden highlights:
- During a swearing-in: “Spead your legs, you’re gonna be frisked.”
- On Obamacare: “This is a big f______ deal.”
- To a man in a wheelchair: “Stand up Chuck, let ’em see ya.”
- On Republicans: they’ll “put y’all back in chains”.
WHAT’S WORSE: Joe Biden’s presence will be strong reminder that Heitkamp supported the Obama-Biden agenda nearly 90% of the time, even though it was wrong for North Dakota:
- Heitkamp supported a harmful Obama-Biden environmental regulation that put ND energy jobs at risk.
- Heitkamp supported Biden-backed Obamacare, which increased ND premiums by 44%.
- Heitkamp voted in favor of the Iran Nuclear deal, which damaged our national security.
Given his constant gaffes and anti-North Dakota record, Joe Biden’s presence in the state will likely only help one candidate, Kevin Cramer.