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Associated Press, Published August 10 2012

Heitkamp: Look at my record, not Harry Reid's

BISMARCK — North Dakota Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Heidi Heitkamp says people shouldn't assume she holds the same views as national Democratic Party leaders.

She says North Dakotans also shouldn't assume that her opponent, Republican Rick Berg, agrees with national Republican leaders on everything.

Heitkamp's opponents have tried to tie her to Democratic President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Some of Berg's critics associate him with Republican House Speaker John Boehner.

Heitkamp says people shouldn't associate Boehner's views on federal farm legislation with Berg's. And she says people shouldn't assume she shares Reid's opinions on energy policy.

Heitkamp says what matters are the differences between her positions and Berg's on policy questions. She said: "I don't speak for Harry Reid and Harry Reid doesn't speak for me."

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