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Dishonest GOP YouTube Video Attacks Dem For Thinking Obama Speech 4 Years Ago Might Be Good

By Josh Israel  

"Dishonest GOP YouTube Video Attacks Dem For Thinking Obama Speech 4 Years Ago Might Be Good"

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North Dakota Senate Candidate Heidi Heitkamp (D)

North Dakota Senate Candidate Heidi Heitkamp (D)


The National Republican Senatorial Campaign’s (NRSC) attacks get more far-fetched by the day. The campaign arm for the Senate Republican minority posted a video today on their YouTube account that represents a new level of absurd.

The video, which the group calls “Heidi Heitkamp – ‘Obama is Amazing,’” shows former North Dakota Attorney General Heidi Heitkamp (D), now a candidate for the open seat of retiring Sen. Kent Conrad (D), at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

Heitkamp says in the video that Hillary Clinton’s Denver speech “was amazing,” adding, “and I’m sure that Barack Obama’s going to be amazing, so that’s what I’m looking forward to.”

Heitkamp predicted that Obama’s speech would be “amazing.” And the NRSC presented this as Heitkamp saying “Obama is amazing” — either major sloppiness or intentional outright deception on their part.

The NRSC’s communications director is pushing this video to the press, perhaps in an attempt to expose Heitkamp as someone who was excited to see a speech that 38 million people watched.

If the NRSC hopes to make the 2012 North Dakota Senate race a referendum on whether Obama’s 2008 speech, they may be in for a rude awakening. A large majority of Americans liked it, including even Pat Buchanan, who dubbed Obama’s performance a “genuinely outstanding speech. It was magnificent,” and RNC political director, who called it “a great speech” in a memo just a few weeks ago.

Update

North Dakota attorney and Democratic National Committeeman Chad Nodland told ThinkProgress in an interview that the video was his and that the NRSC posted the video without his permission. An earlier posting of the same video, by a different user, was removed due to a copyright claim and Nodland plans to alert YouTube to this posting as well. He also said he intends to send a cease-and-desist letter to the NRSC, demanding that they stop using his footage or pay him for the rights. Because of this, ThinkProgress has removed the video from this story. No one at the NRSC’s press office was immediately available to respond to the accusation.

Update

YouTube removed the NRSC’s posting of the video as well, citing Nodland’s copyright claim.

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