Plain Talk: Democratic-NPL chairman talks about pro-life candidate controversy, 2022 cycle

Chairman Patrick Hart talks about the abortion debate in his party, and his outlook as we enter "prime time" in the 2022 election cycle.

North Dakota Democratic-NPL Chairman Patrick Hart speaks at the party's state convention in Minot on Saturday, March 26, 2022.
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MINOT, N.D. — Last week the North Dakota Democratic-NPL saw some internecine conflict over their U.S. House candidate, Mark Haugen, who is pro-life and supports the overturn of Roe v. Wade.

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Patrick Hart, the chairman of the North Dakota Democratic-NPL, joined this episode of Plain Talk to discuss the challenges of managing the disparate points of view in his party.

We also spoke about what his party is do to find its way in a state where Republicans are seeing historic levels of dominance, and where he sees some opportunities for Democratic-NPL candidates in the 2022 election and beyond.

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Opinion by Rob Port
Rob Port is a news reporter, columnist, and podcast host for the Forum News Service. He has an extensive background in investigations and public records. He has covered political events in North Dakota and the upper Midwest for two decades. Reach him at Click here to subscribe to his Plain Talk podcast.
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