North Dakota's Burgum showcases he's 'a new leader for a changing economy' as he teases expected 2024 launch

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FARGO, N.D. - EXCLUSIVE - Former bundle institution CEO turned two-term North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum is described arsenic a "small municipality lad turned self-made, world-class concern leader" and "a caller person for a changing economy" successful a video released up of his expected Republican statesmanlike run motorboat this week.

"Anger, yelling, infighting, that's not going to chopped it anymore," Burgum says arsenic helium points to the governmental dysfunction successful the nation's capital. 

"Let's get things done. In North Dakota, we perceive with respect, and we speech things out. That's however we tin get America backmost connected track. It volition work," the politician emphasizes successful the video, which was shared archetypal with Fox News connected Monday.

Burgum is expected to state his candidacy for the GOP statesmanlike nomination with a large announcement successful Fargo, North Dakota planned for Wednesday, sources acquainted with his plans confirmed past week.


And Fox News has learned that Burgum volition sojourn Iowa connected Thursday and Friday (June 8-9), with stops successful New Hampshire Saturday and Sunday (June 10-11). The 2 states for fractional a period person led disconnected the GOP statesmanlike nominating calendar.

"We request caller enactment for our changing economy, innovation implicit regulation, alternatively of shutting down American lipid and gas, we should unleash vigor accumulation and commencement selling vigor to our allies alternatively of buying it from our enemies," Burgum proposes successful his video.

And helium touts that "as politician we chopped reddish portion and took North Dakota from billions successful the spread to a surplus. We balanced the fund ever twelvemonth and we did it each portion passing the largest taxation cuts successful North Dakota history."

Burgum points retired that the "states created the national government, not the different mode around. Let's shrink the national authorities and instrumentality powerfulness to the states."

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum speaks astatine the authorities Capitol connected April 10, 2020, successful Bismarck, N.D.  (Mike McCleary/The Bismarck Tribune via AP, File)

The video, afloat of pictures of North Dakota's stunning landscape, spotlights Burgum's tiny municipality upbringing.

"My dada died erstwhile I was 14. Freshman twelvemonth of precocious school. They pulled maine disconnected our hoops squad autobus and told maine the news, "he recalls. "I grew up successful a tiny municipality successful North Dakota. Woke was what you did astatine 5am to commencement the day. A spot wherever neighbors rally astir you. My ma was our rock. Our hero."

And helium highlights that "I started a shoe-shine business, worked astatine the atom elevator, and arsenic a chimney sweep, paid my mode done assemblage and past earned an MBA astatine Stanford."


Burgum steered his one-time tiny business, Great Plains Software, into a $1 cardinal bundle company. His concern — and its North Dakota-based workers — were yet acquired by Microsoft, and Burgum stayed connected committee arsenic a elder vice president.

"I ignored those who said North Dakota was excessively small, excessively cold, and excessively distant to physique a world-class bundle company, truthful I virtually stake the workplace to assistance physique a tiny start-up into a billionaire dollar institution with customers successful 132 countries," helium says successful his video.

In 2016, the past first-time campaigner and agelong changeable convincingly topped a favored GOP constitution contender to unafraid the Republican information successful North Dakota earlier going connected to a landslide triumph successful the gubernatorial wide predetermination successful the solidly reddish state. Burgum was overwhelmingly re-elected successful 2020 to a 2nd word arsenic governor.

Former President Donald Trump campaigns successful  Iowa

Former \President Donald Trump arrives to conscionable with section Republican leaders astatine the Machine Shed edifice successful Urbandale, Iowa, connected Thursday, June 1, 2023. Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images (Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

The governor, who is not known good extracurricular of North Dakota, would beryllium considered a dark-horse contender successful a tract of existent and expected 2024 GOP statesmanlike candidates with overmuch higher sanction identification, including the existent wide front-runner erstwhile President Trump, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, erstwhile Vice President Mike Pence, erstwhile ambassador and erstwhile South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott.


But Burgum would participate the 2024 statesmanlike contention arsenic 1 of the wealthiest members of the Republican tract on with multi-millionaire entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy and erstwhile President Donald Trump.

Burgum's run benignant video suggests that he'll absorption his expected statesmanlike run connected 2 issues — the system and energy. However, Burgum, who served arsenic seat of the Western Governors Association, could besides constituent to his caller moves arsenic politician to motion into instrumentality a strict measurement that bans abortions six weeks aft gestation with constricted exceptions, arsenic good arsenic authorities to restrict transgender rights and a measure making gender-affirming attraction for minors successful the authorities a transgression offense.

Paul Steinhauser is simply a authorities newsman based successful New Hampshire. 

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