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Bruce Brooks, Minot, N.D., Published August 05 2012

Berg won’t defend his own ideas

Generally speaking, when a public person is confident about ideas and actions, it is difficult for him or her to remain quiet. This doesn’t seem to be true about Rep. Rick Berg, R-N.D., and his campaign for the Senate. Although he has appeared at a few town meetings and done a few interviews on friendly radio stations, he has been avoiding some of the most listened-to shows and public appearances.

Maybe his refusal to debate his senatoral opponent more than twice has something to do with his lack of confidence or the confidence of his handlers. Could it be that his ideas, which, incidentally, seem to be those of Karl Rove and Grover Norquist, aren’t really defensible in terms of what Berg calls common sense? Only if Berg faces serious discussions will any North Dakota voters really know.

If he is unwilling to take part in more in his home state, how would he fare in the Senate? Not well, I’d guess.