Ben Hanson endorses Mac Schneider for U.S. House

Hanson will continue traveling across the state to campaign for candidates up and down the ticket

After Mac Schneider won a hard-fought contest this past weekend to earn the Democratic-NPL endorsement for Congress, Ben Hanson announced that he is suspending his campaign to fully support Schneider’s bid to take back the seat held by Democrats for more than two decades.

“My good friend Mac is going to pick up where this campaign left off, traveling the state to visit with North Dakotans and doing the work to bring victory for Democrats up and down the ticket,” said Hanson. “I know Mac’s work ethic, his commitment to our state and I know his heart’s in the right place — that’s why I am endorsing him as the candidate to take back North Dakota’s lone House seat.”

“Mac and I share the same values,” continued Hanson, “and that’s why I know he’ll be the kind of congressman North Dakota deserves. We worked together to fight for Medicaid expansion in the legislature and we know it’s worth fighting to protect. We know that Social Security and Medicare are promises we must keep to those who pay into the programs over a lifetime of hard work. And we know that at a time of low commodity prices, the president is hurting our farmers and ranchers with an unnecessary trade war.”

“I want to thank Ben for his support and to congratulate him on the hard-fought campaign he ran,” said Schneider. “Everything he did was with integrity and class. Too often our politics are dominated by cynicism and personal attacks but his campaign was one of ideas, not insults. Ben and his team put together the kind of grassroots campaign that’s built for the long haul. I look forward to working together with Ben to keep the grassroots engaged across the state.”

Hanson said that despite Saturday’s results, he plans to continue the work he started 7 months ago when he announced his candidacy. “Democracy’s not a spectator sport and that’s why I won’t be slowing down. Whether it’s Heidi and Mac, our full slate of statewide candidates, legislative or municipal candidates, we’re all fighting for the values we share as North Dakotans. From Williston to Wahpeton, from Crosby to Cavalier County and everywhere in between, I’ve been traveling across the state since last fall — and that’s going to continue for the next 8 months.”