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Associated Press, Published February 13 2013

ND delegation responds to Obama's State of the Union

BISMARCK — The Republican members of North Dakota's congressional delegation say the approach to the nation's debt problem that President Barack Obama outlined in his State of the Union address won't get the job done.

Sen. John Hoeven says in a statement that more taxes, more spending and more regulation won't work. Rep. Kevin Cramer tells The Dickinson Press that he doesn't think Obama recognizes the extent of the debt crisis and out-of-control spending.

Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp says in a videotaped response that she hopes Obama's speech Tuesday night is “the beginning of a dialogue” and that bipartisanship will prevail.