When Berg said that this attack is "what's wrong with Washington," he was met with a loud chorus of boos from the audience:
HEITKAMP: When you say "I'm going to fix it," you're going to privatize it. That was George W. Bush's plan. That's the plan you supported, Bush's privatization plan. You can't run away from that record.
BERG: This is what's wrong with Washington. People blame, blame, blame and don't come up with solutions. [Loud boos from the audience]. What we need are solutions to Social Security. There's no question. But what we need is to get our economy going.
"We cannot any longer rely on ... people who are elected to office, them feeling a personal obligation to (balance the budget)," Heitkamp said. "We have to have a system in place ... that is going to create an obligation."
A Berg spokesman said that Heitkamp backed a new federal health care law that will add billions to the federal debt. Her preferred balanced-budget amendment was "rejected as a sham" by a majority of Democrats, the spokesman said.
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