“We finally got to the point where we could say we were in,” Republican U.S. Senate candidate Gary Emineth said of his decision to acknowledge that his campaign is official today.
“It’s going to be nasty,” he said of the impending race. “Heidi Heitkamp is afraid,” he said.
While acknowledging that she’ll be a “tough” opponent, Emineth said that Heitkamp will have a record to defend this election cycle unlike in 2012 when she was first elected to the Senate.
“She’s got a six year voting record we can deal with,” he said. “She didn’t have that before.”
Before Emineth can run against Heitkamp, though, he has to secure the NDGOP’s nomination for the race. “I’d say Tom’s a moderate farmer,” Emineth said of state Senator Tom Campbell, poking fun at the candidate’s “conservative farmer” brand he’s used for himself.
Emineth also said he’d like to see more Republicans start Senate campaigns. “I’d like to have two or three more people in the race,” he said.
Congressman Kevin Cramer was also on air with me today for his weekly open phone segment. Cramer called me from a bus – he was on that train today which hit a garbage truck – and he spoke about being in that accident.
“It was a little bit eerie to me,” Cramer said noting there were “eight or nine cars full of members of Congress.” He said immediately after the accident he was afraid it wasn’t an accident at all.
“You just don’t know,” he said.
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