Steve Scheel, Fargo
Heidi Heitkamp and Rick Berg are both good people with roots in rural North Dakota. I believe both want what is best for our State and our Nation, but that is where the similarities end. Their visions for the future of our country are polar opposites and no matter what either of them writes or says in the next 60 days, no matter what the television ads say about them, their records are crystal clear. North Dakotans could not have a more clear choice for U.S. Senator on Nov. 6.
If you are a supporter of President Obama and his policies, Heidi Heitkamp should get your vote. Heidi would help move the president's agenda through the Senate just as Al Franken has done in Minnesota. She has been an enthusiastic supporter of President Obama from his days on the campaign trail in 2008, to his massive stimulus spending, to her embrace of Obamacare. She has stood side by side with the President on almost every issue. On the other hand, if you think President Obama is leading us down the wrong path, Rick Berg should get you vote. Rick has been a vocal opponent of President Obama on almost every issue for the past two years, just as Sen. John Hoeven has been.
If you feel good about President Obama's Federal government-centered society, and think it is best if Washington has more control of our lives, and more decisions should be made from Washington DC, Heidi should get your vote. She has been a strong supporter of the ever growing federal programs, Obamacare, and the massive bureaucracies needed to manage them. On the other hand if you think the federal government is too large and controlling too much of our lives, with burdensome taxes, policies, and regulations, Rick Berg should get your vote. Rick has been a strong voice for smaller, less intrusive federal government.
If you think federal tax rates are just fine, that small businesses and some individuals should pay even more, and that the federal government needs more tax dollars to do their work in Washington, Heidi Heitkamp should get your vote. Heidi has been a strong supporter of Obama's trillion dollar spending deficits and the taxation needed to run the massive federal programs. On the other hand, if you think individuals, families, and businesses should be able to keep more of what they earn, that less taxation would create new jobs, and that we should keep more decisions at the local and state level, Rick Berg has been fighting for you in Congress since his election in 2010.
Nov. 6 is really a mandate about President Obama and his vision for our wonderful country. Look simply at their records, not what candidates or ads are saying these last few weeks. Heidi Heitkamp and Pam Gulleson would be strong supporters of President Obama and his policies, just as Senator Al Franken is in Minnesota. Rick Berg and Kevin Cramer would stand with Hoeven in strong opposition to much of what President Obama has done in the past, and will do if re-elected. Voters could not have a more clear choice for senator and representative from North Dakota. Mark your calendar, and no matter which candidates you choose, exercise your right to vote on Nov. 6.