Podcast: DNC Ban on Oil and Gas Contributions Is Why North Dakota Democrats Are “Almost Non-Existent” Says Cramer

On the radio show today, U.S. House candidate Kelly Armstrong talked about the transition from a primary race into the general election.

I asked him about the fight over illegal immigration taking place in the House right now, and the legal wrangling over President Trump’s efforts to end the DACA program through executive order. “I’d prefer that legislation come out of the legislative branch,” he told me of the latter issue, acknowledging that Trump is forced to act on the issue because Congress hasn’t.

“My wife is from Norway. Nobody is a bigger proponent of legal immigration than I am,” Armstrong told me, but added that “border security has to be priority number one.”

As for the food fight over illegal immigration in Congress, Armstrong says he’s not against a path for citizenship for some immigrants who entered the country illegally, but he’s not for having that debate until progress is made toward securing the border.

“My wife is from Norway. Nobody is a bigger proponent of legal immigration than I am,” Armstrong told me, but added that “border security has to be priority number one.”

On North Korea Armstrong praised the Trump administration’s work. “We’ve had more progress on that in the last six weeks than we have in the last 10 years,” he said.

Congressman Kevin Cramer was also on for his weekly open phones segment. I asked him about the recent decision by the Democratic National Committee to ban contributions from the oil and gas industry. Cramer said it’s a “very clear illustration of why the Democratic Party in North Dakota is almost non-existent.”

He also addressed the seeming feud between his campaign and the Trump administration. He said it’s a “symbol of this natural tension between factions of the administration.”

The full audio of today’s show is below. If you want the audio delivered to your devices daily, get the podcast.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and the host of the Rob (Re)Port on Fargo-based WDAY AM970 from noon-2pm weekdays.

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