FARGO, N.D. - President Trump began Friday’s remarks, with familiar words. “Kevin is special. I have to tell you, I came for Kevin.”
An endorsement that comes as no surprise.
But, for attendees at the Delta by Marriott today it came with a price.
The private fundraiser raked in close to a million dollars for the Cramer campaign with supporters shelling out $1,000 for admission.
“We have a very simple, well define task. We want to have strong borders, we want to have low taxes, we want to cut the hell out of regulations” said Trump.
The visit comes amid a particularly volatile week in Washington.
On Wednesday, the "New York Times" published an Op-Ed, by an anonymous Senior White House official, and self-proclaimed member of the resistance, who called Trump’s leadership style, quote, “impetuous, adversarial, and ineffective,” assuring readers, "there are adults in the room."
Cramer himself addressed, aptly, the elephant in the room.
“To our visitors from the national press corps, let me encourage you to talk to some of these real people. And if you do, and by the way, they’re happy to give you their name, and go on the record,” said Cramer.
That’s not the only thorn in the president’s side these days.
The week also saw contentious hearings over his pick for Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh.
"This is a great intellect. He's a great man. He's a great person," said Trump.
But, Dems aren’t so sure and are raising concerns with his record, and the possibility of an overturn of Roe Vs. Wade.
Despite the setbacks, the president is barreling toward November with the hopes of securing a seat for Cramer.
We reached out to Sen. Heidi Heitkamp’s people, who say: “Anytime the president visits North Dakota, that's an opportunity to get this state's priorities heard. Heidi will work with anyone to get results for North Dakota -- that's why the president highlighted their work together on a path forward for coal, and rolling back burdens on North Dakota community banks. But unlike Congressman Cramer, Heidi will never be a rubber stamp -- and it's time Congressman Cramer ended his support for cuts to Social Security and Medicare, and his support for this trade war that's been a punch in the gut to our farmers."