When Kent Conrad, Democratic senator for North Dakota, retires this year Heidi Heitkamp (that's her name, not a poem) is hoping to take his place. She's campaigning as a Democrat but she wants everybody out here to know that she's not -- I repeat: not -- an Obama Democrat.
In an interview, Heitkamp made it clear she intends to keep her distance from Obama.
"I think he's failed in the one test America had for him, which was to unite the country," she told The Associated Press. "I think he needed to be more hands-on. ... I don't think he's done enough to think broadly and come up with solutions that would engage both sides in a reasonable dialogue."