Published February 13 2010
Senate campaign advertising starts with attack on Hoeven’s recordThe North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party is diving into the 2010 campaign with what they call a “hard-hitting” radio ad critical of Republican Senate hopeful Gov. John Hoeven.
The party released the ad, titled “Just Another Politician,” Friday. It attacks Hoeven’s fiscal conservative platform, while citing increased state spending under his tenure in the governor’s office.
The 60-second ad also references Hoeven’s background in the banking industry and alleges he “looks out for big banks.”
State Democrats pledged this ad was only the first in an offensive campaign “against Hoeven and his political flip-flopping.”
“This radio ad is the beginning of a coordinated plan to shine light on former banker and politician John Hoeven, who has a record of saying one thing while traveling the state and doing another in office,” Mark Schneider, Democratic-NPL chairman, said in a statement.
Democrats have recently criticized Hoeven’s track record, such as when he declared himself a Democrat for a few months in 1996 before declaring himself a Republican.
Hoeven campaign spokesman Don Larson said the Democrats’ attack is not surprising.
“We’re running this race based on the governor’s record of accomplishment in North Dakota and what he can do in the U.S. Senate,” Larson said. “We expect the Democrats to attack, but we’re going to focus on the governor’s positive message. … People want to hear what you’re about and what you’re going to do in office and not hear you attack your opponent.”