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Devils Lake Journal - Devils Lake, ND
  • Rick Berg stumps in Devils Lake for U.S. Senate seat

  • Rick Berg, Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, came to Devils Lake Thursday afternoon for a meet and greet with supporters at Kneadful Things.
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  • Rick Berg, Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, came to Devils Lake Thursday afternoon for a meet and greet with supporters at Kneadful Things.
    Berg greeted his supporters by saying that the U.S. Congress should be replaced with “560 people from North Dakota for six months because we know how to get things done.”
    In referring to his beliefs about how government should work he said “it's not about big government, but about the individual.” As far as campaigning is concerned, Berg said “we don't need to be telling people what they want to hear, but what we plan to do.”
    As for his priorities if elected, Berg said “we need to balance the budget, stabilize the tax environment and encourage energy development, which over the long term will help grow our economy.” He said the U.S. needs to work toward becoming energy independent.
    Berg said his motto about government spending is “10, Six, Four.” Ten referring to “the $10 million dollars the government spends each day, six referring to the $6 million dollars it takes in each day and four being the amount that's lacking.”
    Berg referenced his upbringing in Maddock and Hettinger, N.D., and said his grandparents came from Norway. He said they always wanted to work toward leaving a better future for the younger generation.
    “We don't want our kids to be anchored by our debts,” Berg said. “We need to fix this problem."
    When asked how he would work to continue assisting Devils Lake with its issues Berg said “it's a marathon, not a sprint. I am truly committed to continue to help this community.” He said in addition to issues related to water, it's also important “to help Devils Lake improve its growth and its infrastructure, including water, streets and housing.”
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