Senator Heidi Heitkamp's Political Positions

Office: U.S. Senate (ND) - Jr, Democratic-NPL
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Heidi Heitkamp refused to tell citizens where she stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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  • Heidi Heitkamp. Council for a Liveable World: Heidi Heitkamp for Senate 2012. "As a candidate for the U.S. Senate, Heitkamp stands for sensible foreign policy and endorses withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from Afghanistan and the reset of U.S. relations with Russia." (livableworld.org)

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  • Heidi Heitkamp. Media: Heitkamp Challenges Rep. Berg: Focus on Deficit Reduction and Support Buffett Rule, Not Cutting Your Own Taxes. 9 April 2012. "It's time to put party politics aside, put our country first and make sure that millionaires and billionaires step up and do their part to reduce the deficit." (heidifornorthdakota.com)
  • Heidi Heitkamp. Media: Balance the Budget, But Not at the Expense of Medicare and Social Security. 4 May 2012. "I also believe those who earn more than $1 million a year should do their part to reduce the deficit." (heidifornorthdakota.com)
  • Heidi Heitkamp. Press Releases: Heidi Heitkamp Statement on Senate Vote on "Paying a Fair Share Act." 16 April 2012. "It's time to put party politics aside, put our country first and make sure that millionaires and billionaires step up and do their part to reduce the deficit. While wealthy Washington politicians like Rep. Rick Berg support Paul Ryan's plan that cuts taxes for themselves and the wealthiest among us, I'll work instead for policies that ask millionaires to do their part for deficit reduction." (heidifornorthdakota.com)

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  • Heidi Heitkamp. Video: 2012 Candidate Close-up: Heidi Heitkamp. 3 April 2012. "We absolutely need to get our fiscal health in order. We cannot spend this huge percent of our budget on interest. If we had a family budget like this, we would be appalled [¦] we cannot succeed if we don't take care of the deficit, and one component of taking care of the deficit is getting people to work." (www.youtube.com)
  • Matt Bunk. Great Plains Examiner: In Focus with Heidi Heitkamp. 30 January 2012. "And we're going to be talking a lot about what those things are. And no institution, no agency should be exempt from that scrutiny. So that's the first thing we need to do: Take a look at the spending and start reducing that spending. We have to get this country working again. One of the reasons we're at the slump we're in with this deficit is that we aren't working. We have 9 percent unemployment. So how do you stimulate the economy to get people back to work? How do you create opportunity? Here's a great example: I believe we should, in fact, be approving the Keystone Pipeline. I think there have been accommodations to environmental groups that are concerned. I think the Keystone people have bent over backwards. That is a great private-sector jobs program. [...] And as people get back to work, we will be once again on the plus side of the ledger." (www.greatplainsexaminer.com)
  • Heidi Heitkamp. The Voter Guide: 2012 U.S. Senate (North Dakota). Responded "I'll work to put country first, put politics aside and work together to cut government spending, balance the budget, create jobs and get our economy back on track" to the question "What actions will you personally take to encourage compromise and end the partisan deadlock that's stalled productivity in Congress?" (c3.thevoterguide.org)
  • Heidi Heitkamp. Great Plains Examiner: Balance the budget; save Medicare, Social Security. 25 May 2012. "The recession is a major source of our deficit. That's why I'm focused on getting people back to work. I'll continue to push for construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, which would invest billions of dollars in our economy and create thousands of family-supporting construction jobs. Putting people back to work means we'll also crawl out of our budget hole. [¦] When people have to tighten their belts, government should too. I'm focused on a balanced approach to cuts so we can make investments in education, our infrastructure and technological innovation." (www.greatplainsexaminer.com)
  • Heidi Heitkamp. The Voter Guide: 2012 U.S. Senate (North Dakota). Responded " I'll work to put country first, put politics aside and work together to cut government spending, balance the budget, create jobs and get our economy back on track" to the question "What actions will you personally take to encourage compromise and end the partisan deadlock that's stalled productivity in Congress?" (c3.thevoterguide.org)
  • Heidi Heitkamp. The North Dakota Way. "North Dakota needs a Senator who is willing to put politics aside and work with both parties to create jobs, cut spending, balance the budget and protect North Dakota." (northdakotaway.com)

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  • Matt Bunk. Great Plains Examiner: In Focus with Heidi Heitkamp. 30 January 2012. "I'm a huge believer in early childhood education. And I'm not saying there isn't waste in education. Trust me, I think there's a lot of waste in education that needs to be ferreted out. I think we need to hold educators and administrators accountable for results, and I don't know that we've always done that." (www.greatplainsexaminer.com)
  • Heidi Heitkamp. NY Daily News: Senate candidates answer questions on EAS, other issues. 17 April 2012. "I completely understand the frustrations that many North Dakotans have about our property tax system. With that said, I oppose Measure 2 because it centralizes control over education and local government services in Bismarck rather than where our citizens live." (nydn.cms-test.dev.newscred.com)

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  • Heidi Heitkamp. Video: U.S. Senate candidate Heidi Heitkamp on energy policy. 16 May 2012. "I believe that we can leave no source of energy behind, and I truly believe that there is a movement afoot [¦] to leave coal behind [¦] it will leave America uncompetitive, and we cannot let that happen." (www.youtube.com)
  • Heidi Heitkamp. Video: 2012 Candidate Close-Up: Heidi Heitkamp. 3 April 2012. "We absolutely need to have a domestic supply of oil, and we cannot overregulate it, and we cannot put it in a position where we can't get it to the marketplace." (www.youtube.com)
  • Heidi Heitkamp. Press Releases: Heidi Heitkamp Launches TV Ad: "Gas Plant". 14 May 2012. "I'll work with anyone in the Senate, regardless of their party, to ensure the¨ Keystone Pipeline gets built, to reduce our dependence on Mideast oil, crack down on oil speculation by¨big Wall Street traders and to support growing sources of alternate energy like wind and biofuels." (heidifornorthdakota.com)
  • Heidi Heitkamp. KFYR News: Heitkamp Speaks on Energy Policy. 10 May 2012. "I think in the long run one thing that can reduce the price of gasoline at the pump is increasing domestic refinery capacity. Not shipping our oil over and then shipping the gasoline back. That makes absolutely no sense and it adds to the cost." (votesmart.org)
  • Heidi Heitkamp. Heidi for North Dakota: How Heidi Works for North Dakotans. "Heidi believes we need to use all of North Dakota's rich energy resources wisely, creating and keeping high-paying jobs right here. She believes in reducing our dependence on oil from the Mideast and investing in the sustainable, renewable power sources of the future, including harnessing North Dakota's abundant potential for wind and solar power." (heidifornorthdakota.com)

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  • Heidi Heitkamp. Video: U.S. Senate candidate Heidi Heitkamp on energy policy. 16 May 2012. "The future of our nation's economy depends on being smart about what we do [¦] I was just talking [¦] about what these new EPA regulations mean [¦] We have to plan for 20 years from now today. We can't plan for this industry on a dime, so we need reason discussion with public policy makers. We need to sit down and solve our problems." (www.youtube.com)

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  • Heidi Heitkamp. Video: 2012 Candidate Close-Up: Heidi Heitkamp. 3 April 2012. "In North Dakota, we have one of the highest incidence of gun ownership in the country, and one of the lowest incidence of gun violence. I would protect hunters' rights to own guns, and North Dakotans' rights to exercise their 2nd amendment franchise." (www.youtube.com)

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  • Heidi Heitkamp. Video: Twelve Years. 18 June 2012. "I would never vote to take away a senior's health-care or limit anyone's care. There's good and bad in the health care law, and it needs to be fixed." (www.youtube.com)
  • Heidi Heitkamp. Video: Heidi Heitkamp Says ObamaCare is a Budget "Saver." 23 April 2012. "If you look at the entire bill [¦] it actually reduces the budget deficit [¦] and there are some things that I don't like." (www.youtube.com)
  • Heidi Heitkamp. Questions for Senate Candidates. 9 July 2012. "There are some good things in the law and some serious problems that need fixing. Good things include [...] $600 million dollars for North Dakota hospitals. We can't afford to lose any of that. But again, there are serious problems with the law like the federal mandate requiring you to buy health insurance and too much red tape for small businesses. All of that needs to be fixed, but [...] too many Republicans like Rick Berg want to throw it all out, the good and the bad, just because it's President Obama's law." (www.kfyrtv.com)
  • Heidi Heitkamp. Press Releases: Heidi Heitkamp Launches TV Ad: "12 Years". 18 June 2012. "There are good things, and bad things in the health care law, but we have to make coverage more secure, not less. Unlike my opponent, I won't vote to deny coverage to kids or let insurance companies deny coverage for pre-existing conditions." (heidifornorthdakota.com)
  • Heidi Heitkamp. KX “ Heidi Heitkamp Holds First Town Hall Meeting. 12 April 2012. "My challenge is lets have a discussion what works to solve the problem with healthcare delivery in our state. I don't think repealing a bill that prohibits the use of preexisting conditions to deny people insurance or kick people off insurance is the right public policy." (votesmart.org)

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  • KVRR Newsroom: Heitkamp Weighs in on Gay Marriage Debate. 11 May 2012. "I think that this is a state issue. I think that this is a distraction and I don't think he is going to get a congress that is going to agree with him and so here we go again talking about things that aren't about jobs and improving the economy and getting this country moving." (www.kvrr.com)
  • Jessica Roose. KFYR-TV News: Candidates Come Out in Support of Same-Sex Marriage. 15 May 2012. "Obviously, people's personal relationships are not any of my business. But when you evoke the government, which in fact the marriage contract is, it becomes everyone's business." (kfyrtv.com)

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  • Heidi Heitkamp. Politico - North Dakota Democrat Takes Palin Approach on Energy. 5 September 2012. "Democrat Heidi Heitkamp emerged from the North Dakota Senate debate with a unique approach: aligning herself more with Sarah Palin than President Barack Obama at least on energy [¦] Yet she did laud former President Bill Clinton for producing the last balanced budget in the country and singed former President George W. Bush for attempting to privatize Social Security." (votesmart.org)
  • Kristen M. Daum. Flickertales from the Hill. 19 March 2012. "Why I'm not willing to promote a balanced budget amendment that includes Social Security is that when you look at Social Security, right now, it is in fact what's propping up this spending. This is not a problem with Social Security. It doesn't seem fair that Social Security would be part of any sort of sequestration. ¦ I think it needs its own process and we will be able to work things out in the end to basically take care of the Social Security fund." (ndpolitics.areavoices.com)
  • Heidi Heitkamp. The North Dakota Way. "Heidi Heitkamp believes we made a promise to our seniors, and that we should honor the promises we made to them by protecting Medicare and Social Security." (northdakotaway.com)
  • Heidi Heitkamp. OnTheIssues. 6 April 2012. "I am committed to supporting a balanced budget amendment so long as that amendment protects Medicare and Social Security and provides flexibility for emergencies. I believe Medicare and Social Security must be protected because our seniors have paid into those programs for years. It's unfair to balance the budget by gutting these programs that middle-class workers have paid into for so long." (www.ontheissues.org)

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