More than 36,000 Native Americans live in North Dakota, constituting the state’s largest minority group as well as a key constituency in the coming midterm elections. But Rep. Kevin Cramer, a third-term Republican running to unseat Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, has had run-ins with tribal leaders and is supporting a voter ID law that tribes have said amounts to voter suppression.
Rep. Kevin Cramer accepted a $1,000 campaign contribution from drug manufacturer Purdue Pharma this cycle, joining a notably small group of politicians taking the company’s money as it faces lawsuits from multiple states — including Cramer’s — for its role in the opioid epidemic.
In February, Cramer dismissed Trump’s promises to protect Social Security as something “good to campaign on” but “hard to do” and told Breitbart he would be “happy” to discuss changes.
During Washington budget negotiations last year, Rep. Kevin Cramer called for eliminating a federal program that provides funding to keep open rural airports his constituents depend on in rural North Dakota and Minnesota.