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Plain Talk: Kevin Cramer talks about Becker's independent run and more

"If he's the leader of a party, it's a third party," Senator Kevin Cramer said on this episode of Plain Talk in an interview where he also remarked on Rep. Liz Cheney's primary loss, the Inflation Reduction Act and carbon capture.

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Enes Kanter Freedom (left) looks at U.S. Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., as he speaks to a crowd in Bismarck on Tuesday, April 19, 2022.
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Minot, N.D. — When outgoing state Rep. Rick Becker announced that he would be challenging incumbent U.S. Sen. John Hoeven in the general election as an independent, after having the North Dakota GOP's endorsement to Hoeven this spring, state Republican party chairman Perrie Schafer described Becker as having "left the party."

"I think he's got a point," Sen. Kevin Cramer said of Schafer's remark on this episode of Plain Talk. Becker is the founder of the Bastiat Caucus of Trump-aligned state lawmakers and activists, though has disputed the idea that he is anything but a member of the NDGOP.

"This move to run as an independent...it surprised me," Cramer continued, referring to Becker's announcement. He noted that Becker had spoken about respecting the vote of Republican delegates at the state party's convention. "This really is a violation of that."

"If he's the leader of a party, it's a third party," Cramer continued. "I think it isolates him."

Cramer and I also discussed Rep. Liz Cheney's primary loss in Wyoming — Cramer accused her of "myopia" — as well as some elements controversial Inflation Reduction Act that he likes and feels may be beneficial to North Dakota.

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Rob Port is a news reporter, columnist, and podcast host for the Forum News Service. He has an extensive background in investigations and public records. He has covered political events in North Dakota and the upper Midwest for two decades. Reach him at rport@forumcomm.com. Click here to subscribe to his Plain Talk podcast.
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