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Associated Press, Published August 28 2012

Senate candidate Berg touts ND economy at GOP convention

BISMARCK — North Dakota Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rick Berg got a few moments in the spotlight at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday.

The Republican congressman spoke for two minutes about North Dakota's low unemployment, job growth and state budget surplus. He says North Dakota provides a contrast to the sluggish national economy.

Berg says North Dakota doesn't “burden our job creators with red tape” and that people “trust the individual, not big government.”

Berg is running against former Democratic Attorney General Heidi Heitkamp for the Senate seat now held by retiring Democrat Kent Conrad.

Heitkamp said afterward that Berg's speech didn't mention his failure to get new farm legislation approved in the House. She says the lack of a farm bill is causing uncertainty among North Dakota's farmers and ranchers.


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