Rep. Rick Berg, R-N.D. announced his bid for the Senate Monday in a campaign video relying on the same talking points the freshman congressman used in his run for the House.
Berg, who has been in office roughly four months, said he is running for the Senate because he wants to tackle the economy, improve job growth and repeal health care reform — all tenets of his recent House campaign.
The video, which plays next to a banner reading “We aren’t done fixing Washington,” argues President Obama and Senate Democrats have stopped real reform, and change is needed in the Senate.
“We believe that Washington could learn a lot about the way we do things in North Dakota,” Berg said.
He wants the chamber to reduce spending, and help grow the energy sector and other areas of the economy. He then talks about how the Senate should “stop Obamacare.”
Standing in front of his Fargo home, Berg talks about protecting the future, and then goes on to say creating change in the Senate will require working together, despite his earlier criticism of Democratic leadership.
“If we’re going to change Washington, we’re going to have to change the Senate,” Berg tells viewers.
Berg’s time in the House has been successful in his appointment to the influential Ways and Means Committee, but Berg does not discuss his brief tenure in Congress, something already becoming an attack point for Democrats.
“What can I say? Nice house,” Democratic Party chairman Mark Schneider said.
He criticized the video saying it showed “nothing that speaks to the wants and needs of North Dakotans,” instead giving “political platitudes.”
“It demonstrates pure ambition and that’s all he’s got,” Schneider said of Berg’s voting record.
Political junkies also might note a few cameos by local legislators in the video.
While Berg is shown in a business meeting, state Rep. Stacey Dahl, R-Grand Forks, sits to the left. The scene at a doctor’s office is with state Sen. Spencer Berry, R-Fargo, who is a physician.
Berg will make an in-person announcement in Bismarck Tuesday at noon at Bismarck State College.
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