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Plain Talk: 'The governor, if he opens up, is not going to kill people'

North Dakota Rep. Dan Ruby says the intent of the government was never to stop everyone from getting the virus.

PHOTO: State Rep. Dan Ruby (R-Minot)
State Rep. Dan Ruby (R-Minot), pictured here at a District 38 NDGOP event in 2019. (photo via Facebook)
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A group of Republican lawmakers in North Dakota is urging Gov. Doug Burgum to re-open the state's economy , rescinding or at least letting expire many of the executive orders he's put in place in response to the coronavirus.

"The governor, if he opens up, is not going to kill people," Rep. Dan Ruby, a Republican from Minot and leader of that effort, said on this episode of Plain Talk.

Ruby says the intent of the government was never to stop everyone from getting the virus. Eventually, everyone will be exposed, he told me.

"The government wanted to prevent a spike" in hospitalizations, Ruby said, noting that North Dakota has just 13 people current hospitalized from coronavirus. "Mission accomplished."

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"I'm not saying everybody should be forced to immediately open," Ruby explained but said it's time to let many businesses open when they feel they can protect their employees and customers.

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Rob Port, founder of SayAnythingBlog.com, is a Forum Communications commentator. Reach him on Twitter at @robport or via email at rport@forumcomm.com .

Related Topics: DOUG BURGUM
Opinion by Rob Port
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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