Who is Doug Burgum? He Just Announced He’s Running for President

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There are a LOT of Republican candidates in the GOP primaries, so it is going to be overwhelming over the next few months. Some will make it all the way to the end, while others will drop out.

Why so many? Well, everyone has something they think they can bring to the US in order to boost the economy, unite the American people, and improve foreign relations.

That, and we have to make sure that whoever wins the Republican nomination is capable of taking down Joe Biden, right?

Enter Doug Burgum. He’s the governor of North Dakota (and has been since 2016). He’s also a former Microsoft executive, which means that he understands technology on a level that the average American probably doesn’t.

He’s been a popular governor, but the state he governs is 47th in population. It means that he’s facing an uphill battle of making sure that people know who he is.

Will he have the means to take down some of the bigger names? Anything is possible at this time.

There are some interesting aspects of Burgum’s political career:

  • He’s approved a large income tax cut in North Dakota
  • He’s enacted some of the strictest anti-abortion laws in the country
  • He’s banned critical race theory in K-12 schools
  • He’s banned gender-affirming care for minors

It also appears that he’s friendly with Trump, so the two of them likely aren’t going to be bashing each other along the campaign trail. They actually endorsed each other’s campaigns in both 2016 and 2020.

Like Trump, he’s made a lot of his own money as a result of being a software entrepreneur. This has helped him to invest millions of dollars on his own toward his political campaigns.

He’s also not like other Republicans when it comes to climate change. He’s a huge supporter of fossil fuels and carbon capture. In fact, he’s set a goal for North Dakota to reach carbon neutrality by 2030. However, he’s rejected renewable energy as a way to get to that goal. While the state does use wind energy, it is also heavily dependent on coal, oil, and natural gas – and he’s not looking to change any of that.

Doug Burgum is still very early into his presidential campaign, so we’re likely to hear a lot more from him in the coming months. It might be worth keeping an eye on him. He has a lot of unique things to offer.