By Josh Lederman - 05/14/12 01:20 PM EDT
“If anyone thinks North Dakota is not an energy leader, they need to come here,” Heitkamp says in the ad. “We need more innovation like this, but because of Washington gridlock, it’s not happening.”
“We need a senator who will put partisan politics aside and do what’s right for our country,” says Heitkamp.
The former state attorney general, Heitkamp has repeatedly sought to distance herself from President Obama on energy issues, arguing that the nation’s energy policy must include clean coal and lashing out at Obama for obstructing the development of the Keystone XL pipeline.