When facts don’t support your argument, you resort to fiction; and with her campaign on the brink of failure, Heidi Heitkamp did just that. Here are just a few examples from this week where the Heitkamp machine chose a false narrative over clear facts:
Fiction: Kevin Cramer is “nowhere to be seen” on the Farm Bill.
Fact: Kevin Cramer was addressing the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association to detail the progress on the Farm Bill.
Fiction: Democrats falsely claim that “nearly 300,000 North Dakotans with pre-existing conditions would lose protections [if Obamacare were repealed over overturned] that prevent insurance companies from denying them insurance entirely or charging higher premiums.”
Fact: 92% of insured North Dakotans are covered by their employer or the government, so their coverage would be unaffected. Their 300,000 number is entirely inaccurate on multiple fronts, and Heidi Heitkamp’s campaign was fact-checked for peddling this claim by the Associated Press ~weeks~ ago:
Fiction: Kevin Cramer “has promised to be with the president 100% of the time, even when it’s bad for North Dakota.”
Fact: Kevin Cramer listed policy issues- tax cuts, deregulation, abortion- where he supports the President, and said, “On these very important North Dakota values, you’ll never have to wonder where I’ll be; because I’ll always be with them, and I’ll always be with you.” Unlike the Democrats, we’ll provide a link. Cramer never made this claim, in fact, he told NBC the opposite, “If Donald Trump is with North Dakotans 90 percent of the time, he and I are going to be with North Dakotans that time, and I’m going be with North Dakotans the other 10.”
Fiction: To respond to Cramer’s new energy ad, Heidi Heitkamp told the Washington Post, “You’d be hard pressed to find anyone in Washington who worked on this issue who would say that he helped lead any of” the oil export repeal. Her campaign spent all week pushing comments from Energy Committee Chairman Joe Barton.
Fact: Chairman Barton told NBC News that “Cramer can fairly claim some credit for the law. He was there early and he actually showed up when we needed things to get done.” Kevin Cramer did in fact help lead the repeal of the oil export ban. Unfortunately for Heidi Heitkamp, Chairman Barton is still in Washington, and it still takes more than one lawmaker to pass a law.
As former President Barack Obama said, “When facts and reason are thrown overboard and only timidity passes for wisdom, and we can no longer even engage in a civil conversation with each other over the things that truly matter — that at that point we don’t merely lose our capacity to solve big challenges. We lose something essential about ourselves.”
It sounds like the former President- who Heitkamp stood with nearly 90% of the time and called “amazing“- would be disappointed in the lies and fiction pushed by her campaign this week.