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Melissa Paulik, Fargo, Published August 10 2013

Letter: Senator’s silence quite mystifying

Following President Barack Obama’s recent scoffing at the number of jobs his own State Department said the Keystone XL pipeline would create, I assumed North Dakota’s senators would swiftly set the record straight.

I was half right. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., was quick to challenge the president’s flawed logic. However, I am mystified at the absence of any comments by Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D. During the campaign, she said she would “put party politics aside” and stand up to Obama to support the Keystone XL pipeline.

Now, the president is ramping up a full-fledged assault on the pipeline and ridiculing the positive effect it would have on jobs and the nation’s economy. After days without a peep from Heitkamp, it seems obvious she is going to let Obama continue to block the pipeline – a project overwhelmingly supported by North Dakotans and the nation.

In a conference in D.C., she’s reported as actually saying, “I don’t know why we care.” That’s a far cry from her campaign promise to put politics aside and stand up to the president on this issue. I guess her true colors are starting to show.