Heitkamp responds to Cramer
U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp says "Today's announcement doesn't change much for me. I go to work every day in the U.S. Senate fighting for North Dakota and rural America – and those goals will not waver."
The announcement she refers to is Kevin Cramer saying he will be running to unseat her as a North Dakota Senator. Cramer has been North Dakota's lone member of the U.S. House since 2013. Friday, he officially threw his name in the hat as a challenger to Heitkamp.
Heitkamp says "North Dakota needs a voice in the Senate who will fight to keep our communities strong and safe, fight for working families and retirement security, and fight for small businesses and farmers who keep our towns thriving. North Dakotans aren't interested in petty political infighting and want a U.S. Senator who works with Republicans and Democrats to find real solutions just as I have done during my time in the Senate. It’s a true honor for me to serve our state and I hope to continue to serve because I still have work to do."
In January, Kevin Cramer said he was not running for Senate opting instead for another House term. It's been reported that pressure from his party prompted him to reconsider.
Heitkamp won by a slim margin in 2012 and insiders feel that Cramer gives the GOP the best chance to pick up a Senate seat.