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Earl Strinden, Grand Forks, Published October 31 2012

Letter: Romney will need Senate and House

Both of the North Dakota Democrat-endorsed candidates for the U.S. Senate and House are claiming their independence. They are no doubt fine individuals. Campaign ads often neglect reality and truth. If they should be elected, Harry Reid and Dick Durbin will be their leaders in the Senate and Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco in the House.

What does this mean?

The Democratic-controlled Senate hasn’t fulfilled a constitutional responsibility to pass a budget. They are refusing to address a growing deficit and national debt that is threatening our very future.

The very important pipeline project is being delayed at a serious cost to our nation.

In 2008, the president openly stated a priority to eliminate coal as an energy resource.

The president’s position on fracking, which makes possible the oil drilling boom, is unclear, but a number of his appointees are clear in stating a goal to curtail the use of fossil fuels and to use federal agencies to reach this goal.

It appears a large majority of North Dakota voters will vote for Mitt Romney to be our president. It is very important to have a Senate and House member working effectively with their elected leaders to address the many serious challenges for our nation. Our nation’s future is at stake.

Strinden is former Republican leader of the North Dakota House of Representatives.