Trump visits Fargo to boost Kevin Cramer's Senate campaign

Glen Norman
June 30, 2018

"Senator Heitkamp's wild support for Hillary Clinton and her out-of-touch policies show exactly why she has no business representing North Dakotans in the U.S. Senate", said Tim Rasmussen, communications director for Cramer's campaign, "In recent weeks, Senator Heitkamp has attempted to convince North Dakotans of her conservative ideals and her alleged allegiance to President Trump".

Put more succinctly to CNN's Jeff Zeleny earlier this week, Heitkamp said, "He's going to say some mean things about me".

One of the first in Congress to back Trump, Cramer originally decided against running for Senate but changed his mind after he said the president "begged" him to challenge Heitkamp. "Heidi Heitkamp will be a 'vote no" for whoever he nominates to replace Kennedy because 'she will be told to do so.' He told the crowd that a vote for Heitkamp or any other Democrat in the state is essentially a vote for impeachment-pushing Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters. She also supported Trump's pick for the new secretary of state and Central Intelligence Agency director.

Their states went overwhelmingly for Trump in 2016 and a vote against the President's nominee to the court could end up costing them votes from Trump supporters they would have needed to stay in office.

Following the rally, President Trump will be spending his night in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In doing so he took a narrative crafted by incumbent Senator Heidi Heitkamp, one which supposed that the President likes her more, and threw it in the trash. "Please keep Maxine ... on the air as the mouthpiece of your party".

He was referring to Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. That appears to be Cramer's strategy to motivate Republican voters in November-that he will continue to be an unquestioning Trump supporter. He singled out her vote against the tax cut legislation.

"You need a senator who doesn't just talk like they're from North Dakota, but votes like they're from North Dakota", Trump told the audience. "While we saw election-year politics today, I'm always willing to work with the president if he's helping North Dakota - and if he's not, I'll speak up", Heitkamp said. The commander in chief said he is looking for a nominee who can serve for "45 years" and has a "great intellect". Who's the new leader?

"I think political speeches are political speeches", she said in a phone interview after the Fargo rally Wednesday, June 28.

"I was taught that two wrongs don't make a right", she said.

Donnelly said he had a "good conversation" with Trump and "will thoroughly review the record and qualifications" of the nominee.

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