State of North Dakota Archives: on Principles & Values

Rick Berg: Declined to debate GOP opponent at two Tea Party debates

Rick Berg won the GOP endorsement for Senate on March 31. Just days before the convention, his opponent, Duane Sand, announced he was going straight to the primary. Sand said he's disappointed that Berg bypassed two tea party-sponsored debates earlier this year. "If you won't debate me, how are you going to debate and defeat Heidi Heitkamp?" Sand asked. Berg's campaign cited scheduling conflicts as the reason for not taking part in the debates, held Jan. 20 in Bismarck and Feb. 13 in Fargo.
Source: Bismarck Tribune on 2012 N.D. Senate debate May 20, 2012

Rick Berg: To get country back on track, change the Senate

Berg said federal regulations on industry need to be stripped away and a more business-friendly climate is needed. He said his Republican House colleagues have tried to do so, but have been stymied by inaction by Senate Democrats.

"The Senate's not passing a budget, the Senate hasn't taken up bills passed by the House. To get the country back on track, we've got to change the Senate," Berg said.

Source: Bismarck Tribune on 2012 N.D. Senate debate May 20, 2012

Heidi Heitkamp: AdWatch: criticized as "Heidi-ho" for "Barack-o" socialism

A North Dakota Republican businessman is so committed to making sure Democrat Heidi Heitkamp doesn't make it to the U.S. Senate that he has used his own money to run an attack ad on the radio. While that's unusual, it's the nickname that he gives the candidate in the spot that is raising some eyebrows in the state. Below is a transcript:
Source: Huffington Post's 2012 N.D. Senate ad review Apr 25, 2012

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