Former Senator Heitkamp calling for more 'united' front this election season

Former United States Senator Heidi Heitkamp speaks on her support for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden this election season. Tanner Robinson / WDAY

FARGO — Just one day before the election, former United States Senator from North Dakota Heidi Heitkamp is calling for more unity within the country.

She said she's been a strong supporter for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden ever since he came to Fargo to campaign for her two years ago.

Heitkamp believes Biden would push to keep rural hospitals open, citing the Affordable Care Act as one reason why they're kept open, and she said President Trump's continuous push to repeal the ACA may be a concern with no Plan B in the cards.

"They want to get rid of something without telling us what they're going to replace it with, and that's not a plan for health care, and it's not a plan that makes people comfortable," Heitkamp said.


While Heitkamp is a critic of Trump's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, current U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer said Trump's handling of the virus, including not enforcing a nationwide mask mandate, promotes more freedom.

In an interview with HBO , Cramer called Trump's position a sign of "respect," and said it was "generally for individual responsibility."

However, Heitkamp said this isn't the right way to go.

"I think that if we elect the 'divider-in-chief,' or re-elect President Trump, I think this country will be divided in ways we've never seen," she said.

Tanner Robinson is a producer for First News on WDAY-TV.
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