Plain Talk: Democratic House candidate Zach Raknerud talks coronavirus, George Floyd, and being the underdog

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Zach Raknerud, the candidate endorsed by the North Dakota Democratic-NPL in the 2020 U.S. House race, speaks to voters. (Campaign provided photo)
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Zach Raknerud is the endorsed candidate of the North Dakota Democratic-NPL for the U.S. House of Representatives.

He also acknowledges that he's the underdog, by a country mile, in his race against Republican incumbent Kelly Armstrong.

Still, he credits his recent criticism of what he perceived as Armstrong's silence in the aftermath of George Floyd's death in Minneapolis with getting the incumbent to engage.

Raknerud also talks about how our nation can recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, how we can improve race relations and law enforcement and his plan to diminish the power of big business in politics.


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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 Click here to subscribe to his Plain Talk podcast.
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