North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum, as a vibrant 67-year-old, discusses why he offers an alternative to the 80-year-old Joe Biden and the 77-year-old Donald Trump.
“We’ve got to have somebody who is able to do the job, has the energy to do the job, and has the capacity to do the job. Someone who understands the American people. Someone who hasn’t spent the last fifty years in the DC swamp or is caught up in indictments and impeachments
Chris Ryan of WGIR; Dr. Wayne Lesperance of New England College; Christina Fitzpatrick of AARP NH; and Governor of North Dakota and Republican Presidential Candidate, Doug Burgum, sat down for "Pints and Politics" at The Barley House in Concord, presented by AARP & New England College.
The lively roundtable with Governor Burgum included a broad range of topics: his varied background in business and politics; improving conditions for military veterans; middle class economic issues; ways to streamline the federal government; protecting Social Security; a critical review of “Yellowstone”; America’s role in the world; voters deserve a better choice than Biden and Trump; how the Inflation Reduction Act raised housing costs; ways to harness family care giving; and what would be the legacy of the Burgum Presidency.
Is Doug Burgum the most qualified candidate that nobody knows?
Governor Burgum grew up in a very small town in North Dakota, worked a variety of odd jobs on his way through the University of North Dakota, got an MBA from Stanford, built and sold a software company, became a VP at Microsoft, founded a successful venture capital firm, and with no political experience he was elected Governor of North Dakota in 2016 by a large margin and reelected with 65% of the vote in 2020.
Burgum’s humble beginnings combined with his tremendous success in the technology business and executive experience as a state governor gives him a unique skill set.
As Americans deal with record inflation, Governor Burgum believes that the federal government must be run more efficiently by using technology more effectively and reducing red tape regulations which affect nonvalue added work.
Regarding Social Security, Governor Burgum states that the program is best continued by maintaining a thriving economy, but he cautions that continuing it for future generations will be difficult due to a growing population and extended life expectancy.
As a rancher, the Governor feels that the cowboying in the TV series “Yellowstone” is authentic, but he doesn’t affirm that the violence is as accurate.
On foreign policy, Governor Burgum believes in peace through strength rather than appeasement, and he is very opposed to the $6 billion ransom payment which the Biden Administration made with Iran to exchange prisoners. He believes that it is illegal because it circumvents Congress, will ultimately be used for Iran’s nuclear weapon development, and is likely to encourage the kidnapping of Americans traveling abroad.
“Give the Biden Administration the Neville Chamberlain Award because what we have done with Iran and what we have done in Afghanistan are the kinds of things that led to World War II.”
Governor Doug Burgum, as a vibrant 67-year-old, discusses why he offers an alternative to the 80-year-old Joe Biden and the 77-year-old Donald Trump.
“We’ve got to have somebody who is able to do the job, has the energy to do the job, and has the capacity to do the job. Someone who understands the American people. Someone who hasn’t spent the last fifty years in the DC swamp or is caught up in indictments and impeachments.”
While describing the factors causing the housing shortage, Governor Burgum explains how the federal money which was given to the states for infrastructure projects as part of the Inflation Reduction Act contributed to increased prices. As each state raced to acquire materials and workers, new home construction decreased.
“Every builder in America is competing against government spending that is now being shoved down onto the states. And it’s not just roads. It’s water projects. It’s everything that we’re doing. The federal programs were just inflation accelerators.”