Plain Talk: Sen. Hoeven responds to primary challenge from Becker


Congressman Kevin Cramer, U.S. Sen. John Hoeven and North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum hosted EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt at a closed roundtable discussion in Fargo Wednesday, Aug. 9. Dave Olson/The Forum

MINOT, N.D. — State Rep. Rick Becker, the founder of the Bastiat Caucus in the North Dakota Legislature which claims that they, and not the much larger majority of their Republican colleagues, represent actual Republicanism, has announced a primary challenge to incumbent U.S. Sen. John Hoeven.

What does Hoeven think about it? He answered questions about that on today’s Plain Talk, co-hosted Chad Oban who joins the show on Wednesdays.

Hoeven said that he’ll campaign against Becker the same way he campaigns every time he’s on the ballot, which is by focusing on the things he’s done in office. “It’s a lot more than just voting no all the time,” he said, touting his work across the aisle with people such as Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia.

I’m not usually one for meme-based political arguments, but a friend shared this one after Becker announced his candidacy and it’s hard to dispute its accuracy:

Hoeven also talked about the food fight which has erupted within the GOP about the Republican National Committee’s decision to censure to sitting House members , Rep. Liz Cheney and Rep. Adam Kinzinger, over their participation in congressional inquiries into the Jan. 6, 2021, riot.

“I’m not a fan of censures,” Hoeven said of the move.

Hoeven also said the Jan. 6 riot was not legitimate political discourse as the RNC resolution claimed. “For people that broke the law, they need to be held accountable,” he said.

He agreed that the RNC resolution is a distraction. “Clearly we need to focus on winning in 2022,” he said.