Democratic candidate Heidi Heitkamp has a new statewide TV ad in the North Dakota Senate race, responding to attack ads such as a recent one by Crossroads GPS, which have charged that health care reform would restrict seniors' care. Heitkamp rebuts the charge by discussing her own experience with breast cancer.
"I'm Heidi Heitkamp, and 12 years ago I beat breast cancer. When you live through that, political attack ads seem silly," Heitkamp says. "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 that needs to be fixed. But Rick Berg voted to go back — to letting insurance companies deny coverage to kids, or for pre-existing conditions. I approve this message, because I don't ever want to go back to those days."
The ad will be running statewide. The Heitkamp campaign declined to specify the amount spent on the ad buy.