KEVIN CRAMER, REPUBLICAN US HOUSE NOMINEE, ND-AL

SUMMARY
Republican U.S. House nominee Kevin Cramer is one of North Dakota’s most popular elected officials, a public figure at the forefront of the state’s energy industry, and a trusted leader who won his last two statewide elections with over 60% of the vote.

I AM EXCITED TO SHARE WITH ALL OF YOU TODAY THAT I AM ENTERING THE RACE TO BECOME NORTH DAKOTA’S NEXT US CONGRESSMAN AND THAT I AM SEEKING THE REPUBLICAN NOMINATION TO BE A YOUR CANDIDATE FOR CONGRESS. I REALIZE THAT THE NORM WOULD BE TO ANNOUNCE THIS KNOW NORTH DAKOTA REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES TRADITIONALLY ANNOUNCE THE START OF THEIR CAMPAIGNS BY HOLDING THROUGH NEWS CONFERENCES IN THE LARGE MEDIA MARKETS, AND . T THROUGH THE YEARS, THAT IS HAS BEEN AN EFFECTIVE WAY TO LET PEOPLE KNOW A CANDIDATE’S INTENTIONS. BUT THESE ARE NOT “NORMAL” TIMES. AND THIS TIME, FOR THIS VERY IMPORTANT RACE, HAVING USED VARIATIONS ON THE SAME THEME OVER THE YEARS, THIS TIME I DECIDED WANT TO TELL EVERYONE AT ONCE. THAT I AM SEEKING THE REPUBLICAN NOMINATION TO BE A CANDIDATE FOR CONGRESS. FOR THE PAST EIGHT YEARS I HAVE HAD THE HONOR OF SERVING THE PEOPLE OF NORTH DAKOTA ON THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION. SINCE BEING APPOINTED BY GOVERNOR HOEVEN IN 2003, I HAVE BEEN ELECTED TWICE, WINNING BOTH TIMES WITH OVER 60% OF THE VOTE. DURING THIS AT SAME TIME, NORTH DAKOTA’S ECONOMY HAS GROWN AT A RATE UNEQUALED IN THE WORLD, DUE LARGELY DUE TO OUR ENERGY DEVELOPMENT , A OUR DYNAMIC AGRICULTURAL SECTOR AND A OUR SOLID MANUFACTURING AND TECHNOLOGY BASE. AND I WOULD BE AMISS NOT TO MENTION NORTH DAKOTA’S LET’S NOT FORGET TOURISM, WHICH TURNED INTO A BILLION DOLLAR INDUSTRY FOR THE FIRST
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TIME WHILE . I REMEMBER WHEN THE FIRST ECONOMIC IMPACT STUDY THAT SHOWED TOURISM HAD BECOME A BILLION DOLLAR INDUSTRY WAS RELEASED. IT WAS WHEN I WAS TOURISM DIRECTOR DURING IN THE FIRST SCHAFER TERM. NOW, I WANT TO TAKE MY ELECTORAL SUCCESS AND POLICY EXPERTI SE INTO THE A RACE FOR NORTH DAKOTA’S LONE SEAT IN THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. AS A CANDIDATE, I AM A PROVEN STATEWIDE WINNER. AS AN ELECTED OFFICIAL, I AM A PROVEN LEADER. AND, AS AN EXPERIENCED PUBLIC SERVANT, I MAINTAIN UPHOLD AN OPTIMISTIC VISION FOR OUR FUTURE. AMERICA SITS ON THE BRINK OF AN ECONOMIC COLLAPSE - . W WITH OUT OF CONTROL SPENDING, INTRUSIVE, AND CRUSHING REGULATION, HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT, AND UNFORTUNATELY, A COMPLETE LACK OF VISION FOR WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT. WE HAVE NEVER NEEDED THE EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS I CAN BRING TO CONGRESS MORE THAN RIGHT NOW. THE PAST EIGHT YEARS I HAVE HELPED DEVELOP AND OVERSEE THE MOST DYNAMIC ECONOMY IN OUR NATION. AS AN ENERGY ECONOMIC REGULATOR, I HAVE WORKED HARD TO ENSURE NORTH DAKOTANS ENJOY SOME OF THE LOWEST RATES IN THE NATION , ENHANCING OUR COMPETITIVE POSITION IN THE GLOBAL MARKETPLACE. WHILE OTHER STATES AND OUR NATION DRIVE OUR INDUSTRIAL BASE OVERSEAS WITH POLICIES DESIGNED TO DRIVE UP THE COST OF DOING BUSINESS, I’VE ADVOCATED POLICIES WHICH NOT ONLY MAINTAIN, BUT ATTRACT INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT AND THE GOOD JOBS IT CREATES, FROM THE RED RIVER VALLEY TO THE BADLANDS. EVER SINCE I WAS THE STATE’S DIRECTOR OF ECONOMIC DEVELO PMENT IN THE SECOND SCHAFER ADMINISTRATION, NORTH DAKOTA’S MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY HAS BEEN GROWING, AND I WANT TO ENSURE IT HAS EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO CONTINUE GROWING. EVER SINCE I WAS THE STATE’S DIRECTOR OF ECONOMIC
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DEVELOPMENT IN THE SECOND SCHAFER TERM. FACILITATING A SAFE AND EFFICIENT MARKETING SYST EM FOR OUR AGRICULTURAL COMMODITIES REPRESENTS THE ROOTS OF MY CURRENT JOB ON THE PSC. I AM PROUD OF OUR FARMERS AND COUNTRY ELEVATORS , WORKING WHO WORK EVERY DAY TO PRODUCE, MARKET AND TRANSPORT OUR CROPS FOR THE BENEFIT OF OUR AGRICULTURAL PRODUCERS AND A HUNGRY WORLD. AND WHILE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS HAVE BEEN INVESTED MINING OUR RICH COAL RESERVES, BUILDING POWER PLANTS, INSTALLING PIPELINES AND ELECTRIC TRANSMISSION LINES, WE STILL HAVE MAINTAINED THE CLEANEST ENVIRONMENT IN THE COUNTRY. WITH THE APPROPRIATE REGULATORY TOUCH, I HAVE MAINTAINED BOTH THE LETTER, AND THE SPIRIT OF THE LAW, IN A WAY THAT WELCOMES INVESTMENT AND JOBS WHILE ENSURING THE WELFARE OF OUR CITIZENS AND CARE FOR OUR LAND AND VALUES. SOME WILL SAY, KEVIN LOST TWO RACES FOR CONGRESS IN THE 1990S AND THEREFORE WE SHOULD TRY SOMEONE ELSE. I WOULD REMIND THOSE PEOPLE THAT THOSE RACES WERE IN DEMOCRAT YEARS AGAINST AN ENTRENCHED INCUMBENT. I ENTERED THOSE RACES AGAINST DAUNTING ODDS BECAUSE I BELIEVE SO STRONGLY IN OUR REPUBLICAN VALUES AND BECAUSE I NEVER BACK DOWN IN A FIGHT FOR THOSE VALUES , WHICH IS WHY I AM COMPELLED TO THROW MY HAT IN THE RING ONCE AGAIN. IN THE LAST DECADE, I WON TWO STATEWIDE RACES BY WIDE MARGINS. IN FACT, SINCE BECOMING AN ELECTED OFFICIAL, I HAVE NOT HAD AN OPPONENT GET OVER 35% OF THE VOTE. SINCE BECOMING AN ELECTED OFFICIAL. NORTH DAKOTANS KNOW ME. THEY KNOW I AM A CONSISTENT, COMMON SENSE, CONSERVATIVE WHO MEANS WHAT HE SAYS AND SAYS WHAT HE MEANS. A PROVEN, VETTED CANDIDATE, T THERE ARE NO SURPRISES WITH ME. KRIS AND OUR FAMILY ENTHUSIASTICALLY JOIN ME ENTHUSIASTICALLY IN THIS
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RACE AT THIS CRUCIAL TIME. LIKE ME, THEY ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE DIRECTION OUR NATION SEEMS TO BE HEADING, BUT WE REMAIN HOPEFUL THAT – WITH THE RIGHT LEADERSHIP - AMERICA’S BEST DAYS ARE YET AHEAD OF HER. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT OVER THE YEARS. I TAKE NOTHING FOR GRANTED, AND ONLY ASK THAT THROUGH THE NEXT SEVERAL MONTHS, YOU TAKE A HARD LOOK AT MY CAMPAIGN AND CONSIDER MY RECORD AND MY VISION, AS I ROLL OUT MY PLANS AND IDEAS TO MAKE AMERICA ALL THAT WHAT SHE CAN BE, A WORLD LEADER IN ECONOMIC SUCCESS, INNOVATION, OPPORTUNITY AND FREEDOM. THANK YOU, AND GOD BLESS YOU, AND GOD BLESS OUR BEAUTIFUL STATE AND GREAT NATION. CANDIDATE BIOGRAPHY
Kevin Cramer announced his candidacy to be the Republican nominee for North Dakota’s for North Dakota’s at-large US House districtseat in November 2011. With a crowded field of six contenders, In the June 12 primary elections, Cramer announced in January 2012 that he would by-pass the state party’s endorsing convention in March, 2012, and take his nomination directly to all North Dakota Republicans in the June 12 primary. Mr. Cramer won the primary election, beating out the endorsedsecured a decisive victory over his Republican candidate by over 9 pointsrival. He also garnered more total votes in the primary than the. When the votes were counted, his total was higher than that of his uncontested Democrat challenger despite the competitive Republican primary Democrat nominee received, despite the fact that she was running uncontested. Kevin Cramer has a distinguished career in public service, including eight years in Governor Ed Schafer’s cabinet. At age 30, he was served as State Chairman of the NDGOPNorth Dakota Republican Party and the youngest member of the RNC. Cramer was State Tourism Director from 1993-1997 and State Economic Development Director from 1997-2000. In 2003, then-Governor John Hoeven appointed Cramer to the ND Public Service Commission. Cramer ran for the position in 2004 and won with over 65% of the vote. He was re-elected in 2010, and was re-elected in 2010 when he wonwith with over 61% of the vote in a three-way race. He remains one of the most popular statewide elected officials in the state. Cramer has a proven record of cutting and balancing budgets, encouraging the private sector through limited and common sense regulations and promoting conservative values. He consistently advocates for free market economic policies and smaller government. Cramer is also an energy policy expert and understands that our country’s energy security is integral to our national and economic security. As Public Service Commissioner, he carries the state’s pipelines, mines, and information technology portfolios and has helped develop and oversee the fastest growing state economy in the nation. Kevin and his wife Kris live in Bismarck and have five children.
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POLLING DATA – WHY WE CAN WIN
The three independent polls conducted to date have shown Cramer winning over his opponent in the November general election by an average of 25 points.

POLLING AVERAGE: Cramer (R) 53 - Gulleson (D) 27 - Undecided 17
(ODNEY NOV EMBER 2011 / ESSMAN MAY 2012 / MASON-DIXON JUN E 2012)

ENDORSEMENTS
é “Contender” status in the NRCC’s Young Guns program, June 2012 é The Club for Growth PAC, May 2012 é FreedomWorks PAC, May 2012 é Eagle Forum PAC, May 2012 é Life & Marriage PAC, May 2012

FFUNDRAISING
é On December 31, 2011, Cramer had raised $210,565, while his Democrat opponent Pam Gulleson had raised just over $166,000. é Cramer outraised all five GOP challengers in the state’s convention and primary process é

CONTACT
MATT BECKER- KEVIN CRAMER FOR CONGRESS 701.425.5703/ MATT@KEVINCRAMER.ORG MONICA NOTZON - BELLWETHER CONSULTING GROUP 202.737.9091/ MONICAN@BELLWETHERGROUP.NET ELAINE SVIGOS- BELLWETHER CONSULTING GROUP 202.737.9091/ ELAINE S@BELLWETHERGROUP.NET

é Cramer had raised a total of $254 ,270 at the end of the first quarter , $327, 239 by the June 12 primary contest. é Gulleson raised a total of $50 8,0 54 by the primary, running unopposed.

POLLING DATA – WHY WE CAN WIN
Every independent pollThe three independent polls conducted to date hasve shown Cramer beating winning over his opponent in the November general election by an average of 25 points..

POLLING AVERAGE: Cramer (R) 53 - Gulleson (D) 27 - Undecided 17
(ODNEY NOV EMBER 2011 / ESSMAN MAY 2012 / MASON-DIXON JUNE 2012) é Odney Research poll, November, 20 11: Cramer 4 9%, Gulleson 24 %, undecided 24 % é Essman/Research poll, May, 20 12: Cramer 61%, Gulleson 23%, undecided 15% é Mason-Dixon Poll, June 5-6, 20 12: Cramer 4 9%, Gulleson 35%, Olsen (Libertarian) 4 %, undecided 12%
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