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Senate minority leader stumps for Hoeven in Fargo

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FARGO -- If North Dakota Gov. John Hoeven is elected to the U.S. Senate, he will serve on the Senate Appropriations Committee and the Senate Energy Committee, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell pledged today in Fargo.

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McConnell made the announcement at the downtown Radisson during a rally for Hoeven's Senate campaign, which he officially kicked off at 1 p.m. today in Fargo.

An appointment to the Senate Appropriations Committee would mark the first time a freshman senator has served on such a powerful committee in McConnell's 26 years as a senator, he said.

He cited Hoeven's sound fiscal record, leadership and experience as the reaon for the move.

"We want to ensure he is a leader in the Senate on his first day. His experience and knowledge in fostering economic growth and responsible energy development will be invaluable as we work to get our country back on track."

McConnell also addressed the issue of flood control, saying he would work with Hoeven to ensure permanent flood protection for Fargo and the Red River Valley.

Around 200 people attended the Hoeven event.

"With the help and support of citizens from across the state, we've helped move North Dakota forward," Hoeven said. "I am pleased to learn that if elected to the U.S. Senate, I can continue to make a real impact in areas that are important to our state, like energy, as well as play a critical role in helping our nation balance its budget and getting Americans back to work."

Hoeven is seeking the seat being vacated by Sen. Byron Dorgan. Hoeven will seek the state Republican Party's endorsement for the U.S. Senate seat during its convention March 19-21 in

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