On Friday I had U.S. House candidate Kelly Armstrong on my radio show.
He and his Democratic opponent Mac Schneider squared off recently in a debate hosted by the North Dakota Newspaper Association. At that event Armstrong said something about voters having a choice between himself, a conservative Republican, and Schneider who is campaigning as a moderate Republican.
I asked Armstrong about that, and he said Schneider’s campaign has been “a lot more moderate than his voting record in the past.” When I asked Armstrong for specifics on that point, he said Schneider voted against income tax cuts and oil tax reform.
“You’ll always know where I stand,” he said of his own record.
I also asked him about his decision to make a strong statement on the protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline in his campaign messaging so far (case in point, this ad).
“Law enforcement did a really great job with it,” Armstrong told me of the protests.
Earlier in the week I had asked Schneider if he would have voted to pass the Obamacare legislation had he been in Congress at the time Schneider wouldn’t answer (he did say he wouldn’t vote to repeal the law today but would vote for changes to it).
“As a former employee of [former Congressman] Earl Pomeroy there’s a reason he might not want to answer that,” Armstrong told me.
Pomeroy’s time in Congress ended when he was defeated by Republican Rick Berg in the 2010 election where his vote for the Obamacare law was a major issue.