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Margaret Potter, Fargo, Published October 30 2012

Letter: Heitkamp best choice for Senate

Over the years, I’ve learned that North Dakotans tend to be practical. After all, this Republican state kept returning a Democratic congressional delegation to Washington year after year because those Democrats rose above partisanship and accomplished a lot of good things for the state. Two of those seats went Republican in 2010, and the third is open this year.

Conservative columnist David Brooks recently defined political moderates as those who recognize the importance of maintaining a balance in the tension between competing political viewpoints. It is this blending of perspectives that can result in solutions tailored to the needs of the time. In this year’s Senate election, North Dakotans have an opportunity to send a message that bipartisanship, and balance, is valued.

Also, with a Hoeven/Heitkamp team, no matter which party controls the Senate, North Dakota would have a senator in the majority and a team with connections on both sides of the aisle. It’s North Dakota practical.