Plain Talk: Senator Cramer Says of Donating Shutdown Salary, “I Don’t Find It Very Noble, Frankly”


On this episode of Plain Talk, Senator Kevin Cramer makes his first of what will be weekly appearances to take questions from listeners. If you’d like to submit a question for Cramer you can do so by emailing it to any time.

Responding to a question about donating his shutdown salary – as the other two members of North Dakota’s delegation, Senator John Hoeven and Rep. Kelly Armstrong, have done – Cramer said he didn’t see the point.

“I don’t mean to be critical of my friends who do it,” he said, “but I don’t find it very noble, frankly.”

“Money is fungible,” he added. “I could easily say I gave my salary last month to charity. Nobody would know the difference. I give plenty over the course of a year.”

“It smacks of grandstanding,” he continued, saying “there are a lot of people in Congress who aren’t wealthy.”

Asked about the President’s State of the Union address this week, Cramer said Trump has “gotten more used to using a teleprompter,” adding that he “wasn’t offensive.” He also noted Trump inspiring cheers from female members of Congress, including Democratic women dressed in white. “Instead of fighting them he went along with it,” Cramer said. “He sort of sucked them in.”

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