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Tim Lamb, Published September 12 2010

Berg continues to duck debates

Now that Labor Day weekend is over, we’re likely to see more political ads and the race between Congressman Earl Pomeroy, D-N.D., and state Rep. Rick Berg, R-Fargo, heat up.

The tone has been set for a knock-down, drag-out fight for our next U.S. congressman from North Dakota. Pomeroy has exposed Berg’s voting record, and he’s whining about it. “Earl,” Berg says in his TV commercial, “that’s not how we do it in North Dakota.” He insinuates that Washington needs a nice guy like him.

I think voters will see through Berg’s phoniness.

If Berg ever agrees to debate Pomeroy, he will find that Hurricane Earl and Earl Pomeroy have something in common. That is, don’t take them for granted – they could blow you away.

Pomeroy has proven his leadership ability. He is a fighter for North Dakota. He has provided our state with the most return on investment that it could have. He has a record of returning federal dollars to the state for much-needed projects because of his seniority and political clout in Washington. He has served this state well, and deserves to be re-elected.

Berg can only promise to deliver. If elected, he’ll start at the bottom of the seniority ranks in Washington. That won’t be good for North Dakota. He’ll try to privatize Social Security. That won’t be good for senior citizens. He’ll try to undo health care. That won’t be good for rural health or our hospitals in North Dakota.

In short, if you want our state to continue on its prosperous and progressively steadfast path, we need to re-elect Rep. Earl Pomeroy.