On Friday I interviewed North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring on my radio show.
Earlier in the week I had interviewed his opponent this election year, state Senator Jim Dotzenrod, who was actually quite complimentary of the incumbent. “He’s been pretty good at his job,” Dotzenrod told me.
“I like Jim,” Goehring said for his own part. ” Jim’s a nice guy.”
Goehring touted his work on improving trade opportunities for North Dakota’s agriculture industry, saying that during his time in office the number of international trade partners the state enjoys has increased from 63 to 84.
Since Goehring brought up trade, I asked him how President Donald Trump is doing on that front. Democrats have invested a lot of political capital in a narrative about Trump putting farmers at risk with his at times belligerent negotiations on trade.
Goehring was measured in his response, describing himself as an “equal opportunity criticizer,” but was largely complimentary of the job Trump is doing.
“We’ve been on the wrong side of this coin for a while,” he said adding that “some of this is really starting to play out pretty well.”
“It could be a little more diplomatic,” Goehring acknowledged, referring to Trump’s tendency to use ridicule as a tactic, but said “maybe it has to happen.”
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