GRAND FORKS, N.D. - One of the big highlights of the convention was a moment that had been expected for months. Representative Kevin Cramer accepted the party's endorsement for U.S. Senate.
A formality for a long foreseen endorsement. Representative Kevin Cramer's nomination for Senate was seconded by Senator John Hoeven.
"I’ve known Kevin for many years, and Kevin has always put North Dakota first he’s a man of deep faith, he’s a man of strong family values," said Senator John Hoeven, (R) North Dakota.
While Cramer touched on those values in his speech to party delegates, he focused on the issues, including border security, tax reform and job creation; Vowing to continue rolling back obama era regulations.
"They have guilted the American people into surrendering opportunities and prosperity and I say no more! No more," said Representative Kevin Cramer (R) N.D..
He also talked about the woman he's hoping to unseat, Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp
"You’ve heard of Heidi Heitkamp's friends, haven't you? Right? Chuck Schumer, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton? Oh. Let’s hope she keeps coming back," said Cramer.
Cramer leaves the House after three terms, hoping to continue serving the people of North Dakota in the senate.
"So to all North Dakotans I say thank you so much for giving me this honor to serve god by serving you," said Cramer.
Heidi Heitkamp's campaign is swinging back. Issuing a statement today saying Cramer puts partisan politics and his political career ahead of the people he's elected to serve.