North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum set to announce 2024 Republican campaign for president

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum is set to announce his 2024 Republican campaign for president on Wednesday, adding his name to a long list of contenders in hopes of narrowing Donald Trump’s lead in the race.

Burgum, 66, is set to launch his campaign in the town of Fargo, where he lives and which is near the small farming town of Arthur, where he grew up.

Known to few outside of North Dakota, Burgum faces an immense challenge in a field dominated by former President Trump and the race’s best-known governor, Ron DeSantis of Florida.

Proof of his long chances, Burgum is not even the most notable candidate to announce a presidential campaign on Wednesday. Four hundred miles south, former Vice President Mike Pence will launch his bid for the White House in Iowa, taking on the president he served loyally for four years.

Burgum, a former computer software entrepreneur, plans to visit early voting states immediately. He will campaign Thursday and Friday in Iowa, home of the nation’s first Republican caucuses, and Saturday and Sunday in New Hampshire, home to the first GOP primary.

In a video featuring his ad, Burgum cast himself as a no-nonsense rural state conservative, well-experienced on energy policy and far removed from the bitter war of words between Trump and DeSantis as the GOP campaign 2024 is heating up.

“The anger, the screaming, the infighting, it’s not gonna be enough anymore,” Burgum said in the video, which features jaw-dropping views of all of North Dakota. “Let’s get things done. In North Dakota, we listen respectfully and we talk. This is how we can get America back on track.

As governor of the state’s fourth-least populous state, he signed measures this year advancing conservative policies on culture warfare issues. These include banning schools and the government from requiring teachers and employees to refer to transgender people by their preferred pronouns, banning transgender girls and women from participating in women’s sports, and to prohibit abortion with few exceptions up to six weeks gestation, before most women know it. are pregnant.

His preview video also subtly addressed his opposition to “woke” ideology, a catch-all term conservatives use pejoratively to refer to policies or ideas that acknowledge the existence of social injustice and racial inequality.

“I grew up in a small town in North Dakota,” Burgum said. “Waking up was what you did at 5 a.m. to start the day.”

Burgum enters the race with more advanced experience in energy policy than most Republicans in light of North Dakota’s decade-long oil industry boom and his administration’s efforts to capture carbon dioxide from all over the world. country.

“Instead of shutting down American oil and gas, we should unleash energy production,” he said in the video, “and start selling energy to our allies, instead of the buy from our enemies”.

In addition to Trump, DeSantis and Pence, Burgum will face former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, U.S. Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, former Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, anti-revival activist Vivek Ramaswamy, conservative radio host Larry Elder and businessman Perry Johnson.

Burgum was first elected governor in 2016, re-elected in 2020, and can run for a third time in 2024. In 1983 he founded Great Plains Software, which was acquired by Microsoft in 2011, and Burgum remained vice- president of Microsoft. until 2007.

The GOP nominee is set to face Democratic President Joe Biden in November 2024.

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Beaumont reported from Des Moines, Iowa.

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