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Commentary: Podcast: 'It’s not my job to make her accessible' Cramer says scheduling debates with Heitkamp

Kevin Cramer, surrounded by family and supporters, accepts the ND Republican endorsement for the US Senate Saturday at the ND Republican convention. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Congressman Kevin Cramer joined my radio show today for his weekly open phones segment, and I asked him about his opponent Senator Heidi Heitkamp telling the Bismarck Tribune about what she described as “Cramer’s unwillingness to schedule debates, including a nationally televised Fox News debate.”

Cramer talks about about his accessibility to the public, and rightfully so. He’s got a sterling reputation of accessibility with the media. He regularly holds town hall events where citizens can come and ask him questions directly. He also goes on a number of radio shows, like mine, every week for open segments where he talks questions from the audience. Heitkamp’s assertion that Cramer is turning down debates seemed out of character for him.

“It’s not my job to make her accessible,” Cramer told me when I asked him about it, saying Heitkamp’s sudden concern about debates is an effort to “dig out from 5 1/2 years” of being inaccessible.

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