Democrats Skip Convention | VideoJoel Porter | 9/4/2012
There are just over two months remaining before voters head to the polls. And Democratic volunteers are manning the phones, watching the battle for the U.S. senate closely.
"I think North Dakota very much enjoys the fact that they`re in the national spotlight right now. North Carolina or not, this is a huge race nationally," said Dem-NPL Communications Director Alison Kelly.
Heidi Heitkamp`s opponent Rick Berg added a potential feather to his cap last week when he spoke at the Republican National Convention in Tampa.
"Whenever anyone can stand and brag about their state and we`re really the envy of the nation, it was a very proud moment for me."
Heitkamp, and Congressional hopeful Pam Gulleson, opted not to seek the same chance at their party`s gathering in Charlotte this week.
"And what Heidi and what Pam and what our entire legislative candidates are really focusing on is North Dakota issues and North Dakota voters and North Dakota needs," Kelly said.
Both Heitkamp and Gulleson put out respective statements on their decision to forego the DNC in Charlotte. They say they`re more focused on meeting with potential voters. Congressman Berg wouldn`t allude to whether he thinks that`s a campaign mistake.
"I have fought against President Obama and his failed policies and my opponent`s campaign forum supports Obamacare and will back his agenda if elected, so this is going to be a clear choice for North Dakotans as well as nationally."
Voters will ultimately make their choice November 6th.
The North Dakota Broadcasters Assocation will host the first candidate debate tomorrow at the Radisson Inn in Bismarck. Berg and Heitkamp will sound off on their policies at 9:00 a.m.