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In maybe the worst ad of this political cycle to date, North Dakota activist Kent French calls Barack Obama a socialist and U.S. Senate candidate Heidi Heitkamp "Heidi-ho." The ad isn't associated with any campaign, but Heitkamp is running for an open seat against Republican Rick Berg. The ad's fun doesn't stop with the big insults, though, as the ad is terribly written and makes little sense.
Attention North Dakotans! Let's get behind Obama and support Obamacare and throw the senior citizens off the cliff…
That’s what a vote for Heidi Heitkamp would do. She wants to support Obama. Cutting the military; bankruptcy; Obamacare; and cut funding for needed for senior citizens.
A vote for her would be a vote for Obama socialism.
Barack-o, Heidi-ho, I don’t think so.
Save the North Dakota senior citizens.
Paid for by Kent French
In addition to having no idea what socialism -- or grammar -- is, French also has no idea what sexism is and gave a typical non-apology apology on a North Dakota radio station:
On Tuesday, KFGO, a talk radio station in North Dakota, asked French about his decision to attach the word "Ho" to Heitkamp's name, asking if he meant to use it "in the popular 2012 vernacular" (i.e., as slang for "prostitute").
"It is something that rhymes, so that when people in North Dakota hear the ad, it will catch on. It’s nothing more than that," French replied. "But I'm sorry and would apologize [to anyone] that would think different than that. Anybody that knows me knows that I wouldn't think any different than that."
The KFGO host pushed back, saying it's not just about what French intended but how the term is perceived. "It's about how it’s presented and the fact is that ho is slang for prostitute," said the host.
French then blamed the media for distorting his ad.
"No, it's about how the media and you are going to talk about it because you have a different kind of slant on it," he said. "If you knew me -- that's the farthest from the truth. I want people in North Dakota to know that, and I'm glad that you brought that up. If in fact that's what people think -- but I really don’t think that people think that, and I would never do that in a million years."