Kevin Cramer: Heidi Heitkamp ‘Flushed’ Bipartisan Brand with Vote Against Brett Kavanaugh

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 19: North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp speaks at the 2016 Concordia Summit - Day 1 at Grand Hyatt New York on September 19, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Riccardo Savi/Getty Images for Concordia Summit)
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Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) told Breitbart News Sunday that Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) “flushed” her bipartisan brand with her vote opposing Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

Congressman Cramer, who hopes to unseat Heitkamp in the North Dakota Senate race, told Breitbart News Sunday host Amanda House that Sen. Heitkamp’s vote against Judge Kavanaugh on Saturday tarnished her brand as a bipartisan lawmaker.

“Politically speaking, it plays very well for me. I will tell you I was perhaps the most surprised person in America when she decided to vote “no.” I was certain she would vote “yes.” She was running her entire campaign on the brand that she’s the most bipartisan senator from North Dakota; she can reach across the aisle,” Cramer told Breitbart News. “She likes to fasten herself as pro-Trump most of the time. She says that she votes with him; he’s right for North Dakota.”

“That effort to brand herself [as bipartisan] was flushed in one vote” the North Dakota Republican added:

Cramer also said many North Dakotans told him that Heitkamp’s vote against Kavanaugh was the “deciding factor for them to vote for” him.

Sen. Heitkamp also admitted recently that her vote against Kavanaugh was not a “smart political move” adding, “That’s the way it just goes.”

In contrast, Rep. Cramer said the “polls are showing from a margin of two-to-one they wanted Brett Kavanaugh to become Justice Kavanaugh.”

Heitkamp’s support continues to plummet in recent polls. In a Fox News poll, Cramer leads against Heitkamp by 12 points, whereas in a September poll, Cramer only led by 4 points.

The Fox News poll also found that if Heitkamp were to vote against Kavanaugh, 34 percent would be less likely to vote for her, whereas only 17 percent would be likely to vote for her.

The North Dakota Republican said, “She voted with Chuck Schumer instead of Donald Trump in North Dakota.”

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