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One Week After Heitkamp's Debate Challenge, Berg Still Only Committed to One Debate

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Location: Mandan, ND

One week after former North Dakota Attorney General and Senate candidate Heidi Heitkamp announced she is challenging Rick Berg to seven debates and has already accepted invitations to four debates in the fall, Rep. Rick Berg's campaign continues to stall and has refused to accept any more debates.

"North Dakotans deserve to hear about the difference between my campaign to put our country first, create jobs and balance the budget, and my opponent, who has voted with his leaders in Washington to give millionaires like himself a tax cut, to slash crop insurance and to end the guarantee of Medicare and raise Medicare premiums," said Heitkamp. "I hope we can at least agree the voters deserve more than just one debate, the bare minimum."

Berg's reluctance to accept debate invitations is a reversal from a mere two years ago. According to The Fargo Forum: "Heitkamp's challenge to Berg sets up a potential campaign battle this summer akin to North Dakota's 2010 U.S. House race. In that contest, Berg and incumbent Democrat Earl Pomeroy spent the summer -and some of the fall -- quarrelling over which man was dodging the chance to debate his opponent…Berg lambasted Pomeroy for not committing well in advance to debate opportunities." [The Fargo Forum, 6/18/12]

The Forum also noted "This spring, Berg ignored challenges from his primary opponent, Republican Duane Sand, who sought to debate Berg…" [The Fargo Forum, 6/18/12]

Currently, Berg has only agreed to attend one debate hosted by Prairie Public.


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