This week, Governor Doug Burgum (R-ND) announced that he is running for president, becoming the third Republican to do so in the last 24 hours.
Burgum made his declaration in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece in which he criticized President Biden’s absence of an “economic vision” in his campaign video.
“The White House has to reform. For an economy that is changing, we need an entirely new leader.” Burgum, who is also conducting his launch ceremony this week, said, “That’s why I’m declaring my candidacy for president today.”
Burgum formerly worked as a venture investor and a tech entrepreneur before becoming governor of North Dakota in 2016 and gaining reelection in 2020. He made an early investment in Great Plains Software while it was still a startup firm and later became its CEO. He oversaw Microsoft Business Solutions for a number of years after the business was sold to Microsoft in 2001 for over a billion dollars, according to earlier information from the Forum News Service.
Notably, the site claims that Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, gave Burgum’s 2016 campaign over six figures. Additionally, CEO Satya Nadella, who worked previously for Bergum, gave him his support that year.
Burgum outlined a strategy for the economy in his op-ed that supports increasing the production of domestic energy and favors innovation over regulation:
“We boost the value of the currency, thwart China and Iran, and avert conflicts like the Russian assault on Ukraine when we support American energies and innovation. In order to meet the problems of the twenty-first century, we must prioritize innovation above regulation. Power must be given back to the states. We can guarantee limitless possibilities for everyone who is willing to reach for it by working together.”
Burgum also focused on national security, adding that “countries that desire to see our ways of life destroyed” are now “our enemies,” and not “our neighbors who live across the street.”
He also said that the well-known intellectual property theft in China has affected Great Plains Software.
He said, “Great Plains’ software had been stolen and copied to sell for a minuscule fraction of our pricing the very first time I ever saw it in China in 1989.”
Following former Governor Chris Christie’s (R-NJ) announcement this week, Burgum made his declaration, the same day that former Vice President Mike Pence entered the race. The three candidates enter a field presently led by former President Trump and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R), who has fared well in the polls.
The remaining candidates are Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), former governor Nikki Haley (R-SC), businessman Vivek Ramaswamy, former governor Asa Hutchinson (R-AR), conservative radio presenter Larry Elder, and entrepreneur Perry Johnson.