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Published November 03, 2011, 10:40 AM

ND GOP rips Heitkamp for Obama support

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Republicans are taking a swing at Democrat Heidi Heitkamp before she gets into the U.S. Senate race.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Republicans are taking a swing at Democrat Heidi Heitkamp before she gets into the U.S. Senate race.

The former attorney general and tax commissioner is expected to make a run for the Democratic Senate endorsement.

North Dakota's Republican Party bought full-page ads in The Forum and The Bismarck Tribune newspapers on Thursday.

The ad displays Heitkamp's praise of President Barack Obama during the Democratic National Convention in 2008.

It also quotes from a speech she gave in Fargo last year to support the new federal health care bill. Republican Senate candidate Rick Berg wants to repeal the bill.

The ad says Heitkamp wants to go to Washington to help Obama "pass his liberal agenda."

Heitkamp couldn't be reached immediately for comment.

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