Plain Talk: ‘I didn’t have any idea who the hell he was’


MINOT, N.D. — Collin Peterson represented western Minnesota’s 7th Congressional District for 30 years, and during that time got a reputation for blunt talk.

He hasn’t changed much. As we discussed Peterson’s efforts to develop an agriculture policy at North Dakota State University, an entity that will help inform and guide politicians, he shared an anecdote from a recent trip to Iowa. He said he found himself among the Republican presidential candidates when “this Vivek guy” came up to him.

“I didn’t have any idea who the hell he was,” Peterson said on this episode of Plain Talk. “I thought he was running for Congress.”

That “Vivek guy” was Vivek Ramaswamy, a tech industry multi-millionaire who, as I write this, is currently in third place in the GOP primary according to the polling average.

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