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Published August 15, 2012, 08:40 AM

Berg, Heitkamp say VP pick puts focus on budget

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's U.S. Senate candidates agree that Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan will put more focus on budget issues in their campaign.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's U.S. Senate candidates agree that Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan will put more focus on budget issues in their campaign.

Democrat Heidi Heitkamp says she's already been talking about Republican Rick Berg's support for a budget plan that Ryan has been pushing in the U.S. House.

Heitkamp believes the Ryan budget would hurt Medicare and the federal farm program.

Berg says Ryan is committed to slowing federal spending growth and trying to get the nation's debt under control.

He says Heitkamp and President Barack Obama favor continued spending and raising taxes to help pay for it. Berg says he opposes tax increases.

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