Congressman Kevin Cramer

Representing North Dakota, At Large
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Cramer Invites President Obama to Visit North Dakota

Oct 25, 2013
Press Release

BISMARCK, N.D. – Today Congressman Kevin Cramer invited President Barack Obama to make his first Presidential visit to North Dakota. In an open letter, Cramer touted North Dakota’s uniquely rapid economic growth and thriving job opportunities as reasons for the President to travel to the state.

“While the national economy has been struggling to repair itself, North Dakota has been growing jobs in every sector of our economy. We became the second largest oil producing state in the nation while remaining number one in ten agricultural commodities. No other state matches our growth in personal income, housing, and economic output, or our low unemployment rate,” wrote Cramer.

“Mr. President, you have seen the headlines, and I know your advisors have briefed you on the accomplishments of our citizens. Several of your cabinet officials have traveled here, and we are grateful for their visits. But I believe the significance of the North Dakota story requires a visit from the President himself. And what better way to assure a nation your first priority is job creation than to visit the state creating them faster than anywhere else?”

Cramer said his staff is ready to work with the President’s team on the schedule and logistics of a trip.

The complete text of the letter is below:

Dear Mr. President,

There is a place in America where your vision of low unemployment, job creation, and all-of-the-above energy production is a reality.

It is a place where a new groundbreaking takes place nearly every day, and where the signs say “now hiring” instead of “going out of business”.

It is a place where the energy, agriculture, technology, and manufacturing industries thrive, providing career opportunities for our citizens and those we welcome from around the world.

This is North Dakota, and I invite you to see it for yourself.

You campaigned there before you became President, but a lot has changed. While the national economy has been struggling to repair itself, North Dakota has been growing jobs in every sector of our economy. We became the second largest oil producing state in the nation while remaining number one in ten agricultural commodities. No other state matches our growth in personal income, housing, and economic output, or our low unemployment rate.

Mr. President, you have seen the headlines, and I know your advisors have briefed you on the accomplishments of our citizens. Several of your cabinet officials have traveled here, and we are grateful for their visits.

But I believe the significance of the North Dakota story requires a visit from the President himself. And what better way to assure a nation your first priority is job creation than to visit the state creating them faster than anywhere else?

I want to show you production making American energy security a reality.

I want to show you our agriculture industry and introduce you to the farmers and ranchers feeding a hungry world.

I want to introduce you to college students confident there will be a job for them after graduation.

I want to show you our coal operations in some of the nation’s cleanest air, and see if you can tell the difference between untouched acres and those reclaimed after successful mining operations.

And nearly everyone you meet along the way will have a job.

I and my staff stand ready to work with your team on every logistic, and a travel schedule which maximizes your time.

Please visit North Dakota to see how great America can be. Our door is open and waiting.

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