Heidi Heitkamp told Breitbart News last night she supports border security and, “yes, funding for a wall.”
This new position is a direct contradiction to Heitkamp’s own rhetoric and record:
- Her first year in office, Heitkamp voted against a border fence.
- In 2016, she fervently supported Hillary Clinton, who made opposing Trump’s border wall a centerpiece of her campaign.
- Just last year, Heitkamp criticized President Trump’s plan to build this wall, saying “I just wish we could get beyond that.”
With a disastrously weak record on immigration, including consistent support for funding sanctuary cities, North Dakotans aren’t buying Heitkamp’s campaign reincarnation as a border security hawk.
“Heidi Heitkamp has spent her time in Washington opposing a border wall and efforts to combat illegal immigration,” said North Dakota Republican Party Communications Director Jake Wilkins. “North Dakotans support combating illegal immigration and they know Heidi Heitkamp does not.”
Support for Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem’s decision to join a lawsuit challenging Obamacare continues to grow as Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread announced yesterday his endorsement of the action.
Commissioner Godfread knows Obamacare is not only unconstitutional, but simply bad for North Dakota. In supporting this lawsuit, Commissioner Godfread is standing with our farmers, ranchers, and small businesses who desperately need relief from the burdensome effects of this disastrous legislation.
In case you missed it…
N.D. insurance commissioner backs attorney general in ACA lawsuit
Jack Dura | Bismarck Tribune
North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread says he supports Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem’s entry into a Texas federal lawsuit seeking to overturn the Affordable Care Act.
In a letter on Tuesday, North Dakota’s Democratic-NPL Party called for Stenehjem to withdraw from the 20-state lawsuit, citing consequences for the state’s Medicaid expansion and state residents afforded protections by the federal health care law. Godfread said his department has filed an affidavit in the case, outlining issues he sees in North Dakota.
“In short order, we are extremely supportive of the attorney general continuing this lawsuit and have assisted him along the way,” he told the Tribune.
Godfread invoked the group of residents in North Dakota — largely small business owners, farmers and ranchers — who don’t qualify for an individual market subsidy as having “taken the brunt of the impact of the ACA.”
North Dakota had “a robust marketplace” before the ACA, with options for residents with pre-existing conditions, according to Godfread. He said about the same percentage of state residents are uninsured as before the ACA became law — 8 percent to 10 percent — amid a larger state population.
“I will argue until I am blue in the face that, prior to the ACA, we didn’t have the problems that the ACA sought to fix,” he said, pointing to new problems, including cost increases.
Godfread’s department is underway in a study with an outside firm to find any flexibility in the state’s insurance market, with findings to come this fall. His department is also exploring what changes might need to be made on the state level should the Texas suit prevail but “we’re years away from a decision on this case,” Godfread said.
He also leveled criticism at state Democrats in their figure of 316,000 North Dakota residents with pre-existing conditions who “would lose the critical ACA safeguards which grant them access to affordable health care insurance coverage.” Godfread called that figure “downright irresponsible.”
“To stand there and say that roughly just under half of our citizens are at risk if this lawsuit’s successful is factually inaccurate, and I don’t know where they got that number,” the first-term Republican said.
Democratic-NPL spokesman Alex Rich said the party sourced the number of North Dakota residents with pre-existing conditions from the Center for American Progress.
Godfread said 84 percent of North Dakota residents receive health insurance coverage through employers or a government program, such as Medicaid or Medicare.
The state Republican Party also bit back at the Democratic-NPL letter. NDGOP spokesman Jake Wilkins called the ACA “an election issue” that Democrats see “they can exploit.”
“As the liberal left continues to play politics by promoting this harmful legislation, Republicans will focus on pushing health care solutions for North Dakotans that will lower premiums, expand available options and protect those with pre-existing conditions,” he said in a statement.
In the article below, Rob Port details the recent acts of desperation by Heidi Heitkamp, including her most recent immigration flip-flop and the excuses she’s already making for losing this election.
It’s no surprise her campaign is in full-panic mode. If I had nothing more than Heitkamp’s liberal, out-of-touch record and excuses the voters aren’t buying, I’d be panicked too.
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It Kinda Seems Like the Heitkamp Campaign Is Panicking
Rob Port | Say Anything Blog
A couple of things have happened which make me think that Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s campaign is in full-on panic mode.
For one thing the Democratic Senator gave an exclusive interviewto Breitbart– yes, that Breitbart, a news outlet derided by Heitkamp’s political base as a digital den for white nationalists – in which she touted her supposedly long-time support for a border wall.
“I’ve always supported increased and enhanced border security along our southwest border with Mexico – including physical barriers, sensors, drones, and more resources at our ports of entry – and yes, wall funding as well. My votes clearly reflect a commitment to robust border security funding,” Heitkamp said.
I’m not sure that squares with the Senator’s voting record. “I just wish we could get beyond it,” she said of the border wall issue last year. She voted against a border fence in 2013. She voted against cracking down on sanctuary cities in 2015, 2016, and 2018.
This year she also voted for legislation which would have provided permanent residence for illegal immigrants without funding a border wall.
But it’s not just that Heitkamp, despite the aforementioned voting record, is suddenly pitching herself as a border hawk to an “alt-right” website (to use the parlance of the Senator’s political base). She’s also playing the Russia card:
Heitkamp, responding to a question during a meeting with The Forum Editorial Board, said she believes the Russians could try to intercede on Cramer’s behalf in the race.
“I would be a fool if I didn’t think that was true,” Heitkamp said.
To be fair to Heitkamp she was responding to a question from theFargo Forumeditorial board, who in turn was working off a batty columnby left wing commentator Lloyd Omdahl, but if I had to guess I’d say the editorial board was probably surprised that Heitkamp took a bite at that particular apple.
Cramer, for his part, laughed it off. “It sounds like a really pathetic excuse for poor performance in the election in advance,” he said.
That’s what I thought too when I read the initial story about Heitkamp’s comments (which, at the time, didn’t yet include Cramer’s response).
Is Heitkamp laying the ground work to excuse what would be a devastating loss on the statewide ballot for North Dakota Democrats this cycle?
It kinda seems like it. Blaming the Russians would mean Democrats wouldn’t have to acknowledge that they stand for things most voters here just don’t want.
DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen’s visit to Grand Forks today serves as a clear reminder to North Dakotans of Heidi Heitkamp’s strong support for sanctuary cities.
Sec. Nielsen appeared on Fox News just last night to explain the danger sanctuary cities pose, saying “when jurisdictions decide not to cooperate with federal law enforcement, we put our communities at risk.” (Newsmax: DHS Boss Nielsen: Sanctuary City Policies Endanger Citizens)
Heitkamp has consistently refused to crack down on sanctuary cities, voting three times to continue their funding.
“Heidi Heitkamp firmly opposes President Trump and his administration’s efforts to combat illegal immigration,” said North Dakota Republican Party Communications Director Jake Wilkins. “With her inexcusably weak record of failing to secure our borders and refusing to crack down on sanctuary cities, North Dakota voters are ready to reject her in November.”
North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem is leading the fight against Obamacare for North Dakotans, joining 20 other states in asking the courts to declare this disastrous law unconstitutional.
Republicans and Democrats agree that preexisting conditions need to be covered. Unfortunately, Democrats in North Dakota have decided to double down on this law, demanding the Attorney General drop the lawsuit just because they themselves support the law. Our Attorney General Stenehjem quickly fired back, reminding them he took an oath “to defend the Constitution of the United States and this statute is unconstitutional.”
Looking beyond its unconstitutionality, Obamacare has been a disaster for North Dakota. As Attorney General Stenehjem notes, “Obamacare has brought fewer options and at a much higher price, with many North Dakotans being priced out of the market.”
“Democrats see Obamacare as an election issue they can exploit,” said North Dakota Republican Party spokesman Jake Wilkins. “As the liberal left continues to play politics by promoting this harmful legislation, Republicans will focus on pushing healthcare solutions for North Dakotans that will lower premiums, expand available options, and protect those with preexisting conditions.”
Heidi Heitkamp is again siding with her fellow, out-of-touch liberals to obstruct President Trump and his nominees. As The Hillreports, Heitkamp is “joining forces with Warren and other liberal colleagues” to oppose Kathy Kraninger’s nomination to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).
You can add Kraninger to a growing list of Trump appointees that Heidi Heitkamp has worked to block. Since President Trump was elected, Heitkamp has opposed 1 in 5 cabinet appointments and judicial nominees, though she voted for President Obama’s judges 97% of the time.
“Heidi Heitkamp has once again joined her out-of-touch, obstructionist allies to oppose one of President Trump’s qualified nominees,” said North Dakota Republican Party spokesman Jake Wilkins. “North Dakotans are ready to put an end to Heitkamp’s long history of resistance and obstruction in November.”
National pro-life and conservative leaders met in Fargo yesterday to urge Heidi Heitkamp to vote yes on Judge Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination.
This event comes just two days after socialists gathered outside Heidi Heitkamp’s campaign office to urge her to vote no on President Trump’s nominee.
- Over 60% of North Dakotans want Judge Kavanaugh confirmed.
- The rest of the North Dakota Congressional delegation supports Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination.
- Sen. Heitkamp is facing significant pressure from both sides on which way to vote.
- It’s taking 37 days for Sen. Heitkamp to meet with Judge Kavanaugh, the longest she’s ever waited to meet with a SCOTUS nominee.
- Democrat party boss Chuck Schumer issued Heitkamp and other red-state Dems these orders: “Don’t commit. Stay as neutral as you can, as long as you can.”
Given that she greatly delayed her meeting and has refused to engage those on either side of this issue, it’s clear the only voice Hiding Heidi is willing to listen to Chuck Schumer’s.
Yesterday the local chapter of “Democratic Socialists of America” swarmed outside Heidi Heitkamp’s campaign office to deliver letters urging the Senator to vote no on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
These socialists wanted to influence their “swing vote” Senator and let her know “where North Dakota stood.” (REMINDER: Over 60% of North Dakotans support Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation.)
Heidi Heitkamp has been following her liberal Democrat party boss Chuck Schumer’s orders to stay as neutral as long as possible, but eventually the charade will have to end. Will Heitkamp vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh and fall out-of-step with the liberals she needs to have any hope of winning? Or will she succumb to the pressure from her extremist, liberal base and oppose the will of a majority of North Dakotans?
Reactions to this announcement further highlighted the stark differences between Heidi Heitkamp and Kevin Cramer.
Heitkamp’s team has previously used this process to play politics with North Dakota’s agricultural community. As John Hageman points out in the story below, “A Heitkamp campaign spokeswoman previously called Cramer’s appointment ‘politics at its worst.’” The Heitkamp campaign spent days using over-the-top rhetoric to attack Cramer as unqualified to write farm policy because he’s not on the Agriculture Committee — a bizarre line of attack given that while her campaign is fixated on health care, Heitkamp does not serve on the Senate HELP Committee.
But when they go low, Cramer goes high.
Rep. Cramer congratulated his colleagues for their appointment, calling the move a “big victory for North Dakota,” and saying he will “deliver the maximum benefits” for his state. This is yet another sign that Kevin Cramer’s top priority is doing what’s best for North Dakota’s farmers and ranchers, rather than playing cheap politics.
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Heitkamp, Hoeven join farm bill conference committee
John Hageman | Forum News Service
BISMARCK — All three members of North Dakota’s congressional delegation will negotiate a new farm bill with Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp and Republican Sen. John Hoeven announcing their conference committee appointments Wednesday, Aug. 1.
Heitkamp and Hoeven will be two of nine senators on the farm bill conference committee. The multi-year bill includes everything from nutrition assistance to crop insurance and commodity supports.
The current farm bill is set to expire at the end of September.
Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer, who is challenging Heitkamp this fall, was named as one of 47 House farm bill negotiators last month. Democratic Reps. Collin Peterson and Tim Walz, both of Minnesota, joined him.
Roger Johnson, the former North Dakota agriculture commissioner who’s now president of the National Farmers Union, said he doesn’t remember North Dakota ever achieving the same level of representation during farm bill negotiations. But he noted both senators are members of that chamber’s ag committee and the House appointed many conferees.
“Still, (North Dakota) should be well represented — hopefully they all argue for the same things!” he said in an email.
Heitkamp’s office said she’ll have jurisdiction over “every piece” of the bill because she’s on the ag committee. Cramer was appointed through his membership on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and he previously said his jurisdiction would include renewable fuel standards and rural broadband.
A Heitkamp campaign spokeswoman previously called Cramer’s appointment “politics at its worst,” noting that he doesn’t sit on the ag committee and has been more defensive of President Donald Trump’s “reckless” trade policies.
But Heitkamp herself said Wednesday that the appointments were an “excellent thing” for North Dakota. On Twitter, Cramer likewise called it a “big victory” for the state.
In a statement, Heitkamp said completing the farm bill is her “top priority” and called the Senate’s version of the legislation a “strong, bipartisan” bill. The House narrowly passed its version with new food stamp work requirements without any Democratic votes.
Heitkamp and Hoeven both said in interviews that the debate over food stamps, known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, would be the biggest sticking point in the negotiations. Heitkamp suggested the House language would be dead on arrival in the Senate and noted there are already work requirements in the program.
Both Heitkamp and Hoeven were hopeful the bill can be completed before the end of September, although Hoeven said it could “drag out some” with the SNAP debate. And the House’s August recess could complicate the calendar.
“Right now our farmers are facing a lot of uncertainty with the trade issue and low ag prices and so we need to try to get this done as soon as we can,” Hoeven said.
Heidi Heitkamp just announced she will meet with Supreme Court nominee Judge Kavanaugh on August 15th, 37 days after he was nominated by President Trump. This is by far the longest it has taken Heitkamp to meet with a Supreme Court nominee.
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North Dakotans deserve to know: why the holdup?
“Caught in a no-win situation, Heidi Heitkamp is taking Chuck Schumer’s advice at the expense of North Dakotans, who want to see Judge Kavanaugh confirmed to the Supreme Court,” said NDGOP Spokesman Jake Wilkins. “Heitkamp likes to talk about how independent she is, but on the issues that matter most, Heitkamp is just another loyal foot soldier in Chuck Schumer’s band of Washington obstructionists.”