Candidate Interview: NDGOP House Candidate Kevin Cramer
Below is my interview with Public Service Commissioner and NDGOP House candidate Kevin Cramer. Cramer won’t be seeking the nomination of the NDGOP convention this weekend, but will be addressing the convention.
I asked Cramer about his decision to skip the convention this weekend, and he answered rather candidly about it. He admitted that he had lost at the convention before, and that a big part of his decision to go to the primary was strategic. He simply felt he had a better chance of becoming the nominee by campaigning for the statewide vote of Republcians as opposed to just a vote of convention delegates. He also noted that he has a philosophical belief that a primary vote is more inclusive than the convention, and notes that he had made suggestions to the NDGOP executive committee in the past that the party embrace a primary over a convention.
I asked him what set him apart, as a candidate, from the other Republicans running for the nomination and he said he believed he was the most electable. When asked how he would contrast himself with Democrat nominee Pam Gulleson, he said that he has a liberty-minded, bottom-up approach to government as opposed to Gulleson’s top-down, big-government approach.Tags: election 2012, Kevin Cramer, NDGOP, North Dakota News