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Nathan Miller letter: Core values at risk in votes on Alito

Last week, former President Jimmy Carter did something rare for a politician: He chastised his own party. In short, Carter said Democrats in Congress hurt themselves when they impose an abortion litmus test for assessing judicial nominees.

Last week, former President Jimmy Carter did something rare for a politician: He chastised his own party. In short, Carter said Democrats in Congress hurt themselves when they impose an abortion litmus test for assessing judicial nominees.

I concur. Our North Dakota senators have teetered from time to time between being conservative-to-moderate - to occasionally liberal. Their votes on Judge Samuel Alito's confirmation to the Supreme Court will tell us a lot about where their core values are.

For one, I hope North Dakota's senators opt to be more like Jimmy Carter than Ted Kennedy. I urge Sens. Byron Dorgan and Kent Conrad to give Judge Alito a fair shake. That will be good for America, and it will cement our populist image as having moderate Democrats from a Midwestern state.

Nathan Miller

Fargo

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