Heidi Heitkamp doesn’t want to answer questions about her 2013 vote against background checks


MINOT, N.D. — On the most recent episode of my podcast, Plain Talk , my co-host Chad Oban and I got into it over gun politics.

The impetus was what happened in Uvalde, Texas, of course.

We went at it not in the talking-heads-screaming-at-each-other sort of way that you get on talk radio or cable news, but as two people with mutual respect for one another who have very different views of what ought to be done about gun control.

At one point Chad asked why bipartisan gun control legislation, backed by moderate Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin and conservative Republican Sen. Pat Toomey, couldn’t have passed in 2013.

For the answer, we should look to former North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, also a Democrat, who voted against that bill in the Senate (as did Republican Sen. John Hoeven).

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