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Berg, Heitkamp have both served North Dakota well

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Posted: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 10:33 am

North Dakota Republicans visited Williston Monday to take a swipe at Heidi Heitkamp.

Several state representatives joined local businessmen and women to demand that Heitkamp return money to a law firm that has taken cases opposing fracking in the past.

At about the same time, television ads supporting Heitkamp could be seen blasting Berg for being wealthy or for sins he might have committed in the past.

If you believe the ads running statewide or any of the press conferences by both parties, North Dakota is in bad shape. One way or another, a bad person who has made bad choices will represent the state in the U.S. Senate if the ads are accurate.

That’s the problem with this election cycle.

The truth is Rick Berg and Heidi Heitkamp have served North Dakota well. At the state and national levels, they have fought for the people who live in this great state. The two politicians deserve our praise for running and for being willing to serve again. Regardless of who wins, a good man or a good woman will take the oath of office for the U.S. Senate.

That doesn’t mean they don’t have significant differences.

As a conservative Republican, Berg’s political beliefs are far different from those of Heitkamp. How they would vote on key issues facing the country are also very different.

That’s why this race is important. In the final weeks of this election season, we urge our readers to take a close look at both candidates. Visit their website, listen to their speeches and decide which one best represents you.

This race isn’t about who accepted campaign donations from who. It isn’t about which candidate has the most money. It isn’t about whether the candidates would represent North Dakota.

This race, like all the others on the ballot, is about the issues. So we urge both parties to cut out the name calling, quit telling us why we should not vote for someone and instead tell us why we should support one candidate or the other.

The truth is in North Dakota, we like Rick Berg and Heidi Hietkamp.  Calling them names doesn’t accomplish much.

So over the next month, we’d like to see a different tact. Instead of pointing out flaws, we encourage both sides to tell us why we should cast our vote for your candidate.

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