Flashback: Republican Senate Candidate Hoeven Rejected GOP And Declared Himself A Democrat In 1996 | Talking Points Memo

Gov. John Hoeven (R-ND), the GOP frontrunner to win the seat of retiring Democratic Sen. Byron Dorgan, has an interesting wrinkle in his political history: When he first got into politics 14 years ago, he proclaimed himself to be a Democrat — and strongly denied any implication that he was a Republican.

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