By Cameron Joseph - 06/18/12 02:51 PM EDT
But Heitkamp is on record for her strong support of the law — leading to months of Republican attacks — and she'll need to at least neutralize the issue in order to beat Berg in the heavily Republican state.
A Democratic strategist said the ad is a sign more Democrats will take the issue head-on, and fight with Republicans on the bill.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee counter-punched, pointing to reports that Heitkamp had never questioned portions of the bill until she became a candidate and calling the ad her "revisionist history tour."
"Every victim of breast cancer deserves our respect and admiration, but it's neither admirable nor respectful when you're a politician doing anything and everything to mislead voters on your liberal record," said NRSC Press Secretary Lance Trover. "She couldn't point to even a single instance where she ever said it needed to 'be fixed' until after she decided to run for the U.S. Senate."
The Hill rates this race a "tossup."