Dem senator up for reelection throws Hillary under the bus: She can’t go away ‘soon enough’

Chuck Ross, DCNF

A Democratic senator facing a tough re-election fight in a deeply red state says that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton can’t leave the political arena “soon enough.”

North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp dismissed Clinton during a radio interview this week in which she was asked about the former presidential candidate’s recent remarks about her loss to President Donald Trump.

FILE – In this Jan. 22, 2018 file photo, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., leaves a meeting with fellow Democrats at the Capitol in Washington. North Dakota Democrats are preparing for an annual convention featuring speeches from Heitkamp and former Vice President Joe Biden as they look to build enthusiasm for a midterm election expected to be favorable for their party nationwide. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

“I won the places that represent two-thirds of America’s gross domestic product,” Clinton complained during an event in India. “So I won the places that are optimistic, diverse, dynamic, moving forward. And his whole campaign, ‘Make America Great Again,’ was looking backwards.”

Heitkamp was asked about the comments during an interview with her brother, Joel Heitkamp, a radio host at KTFO radio station in Fargo, N.D.

“When does Hillary Clinton ride off into the sunset?” the host asked in the interview, which was flagged by CNN.

“I don’t know, not soon enough, I guess,” responded the senator.

“I mean, she’s bashing the middle of the country and my state again. I don’t need her to do that,” Joel Heitkamp continued.

“Yeah, I know,” said Heidi Heitkamp.

Heitkamp, who is one of the most conservative Democrats in the Senate, faces a tough re-election bid in November. She’ll likely face off in November against either State Sen. Tom Campbell or U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer, both Republicans.

Trump handily carried North Dakota, winning 63 percent of the vote. Clinton received 27 percent.

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