Heidi Heitkamp grew up in a big family in the small town of Mantador, North Dakota. As North Dakota’s Attorney General, Heidi is best known as one of the chief negotiators in the national settlement against the tobacco companies.
Heidi also fought for campaign finance reform to keep corporate money out of our political system. As a Senator, she’ll fight to end the Wild West that our campaign finance system has become in the wake of Citizens United.
Heidi, who beat breast cancer 12 years ago, highlighted her personal story in what the National Journal called a “first of its kind” TV ad that contrasted her record with her opponent’s repeated votes to go back to a time when insurance companies could deny care to people with pre-existing conditions.
Heidi’s opponent, who is the 15th-richest member of the U.S. House, voted for the Ryan Budget that would cut his own taxes by $265,000 and raise Medicare costs for seniors by thousands. Heidi believes we need to keep the promises made to our seniors.
And Heidi believes it’s unfair that the Bobcat worker pays a higher tax rate than millionaires like Paris Hilton, and she supports the Buffett Rule so millionaires pay their fair share to reduce the deficit.
In the last two weeks the NRSC said it would put more than $3 million into attack ads in North Dakota during the closing stages of the campaign -- money that had originally been earmarked for other states.