Despite having an Achilles ailment, North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum will take part in the Republican presidential primary debate on Wednesday night.
The 2024 candidate announced on social media, “I’m in,” beside a picture of himself using crutches.
As reported by CNN earlier on Wednesday, Burgum, 67, tore his Achilles tendon severely while playing pick-up basketball with his staff on Tuesday.
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The governor was seen by a Milwaukee sports physician and injury expert after walking about the debate site on crutches. The physician confirmed the injury and asked that the governor undergo additional testing on Thursday.
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Burgum told CNN’s Dana Bash in an interview that was conducted in Milwaukee, “I think the first piece of good news is tonight’s not a dance contest.” “If this were ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ I would be eliminated. But there is a disagreement. We’ve been standing at a podium for two hours, so I might as well cowboy up and get it over with,” he added.
For his injuries, he informed CNN that he does not use any prescription medications.
A source acquainted with the matter claims that other contenders have discreetly been in touch with him to inquire about how he’s doing. Sen. Tim Scott, a Republican, and businessman Vivek Ramaswamy sent their good wishes for the governor on social media.
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One of the eight candidates scheduled for the debate is Burgum. At 9:00 p.m. ET, Fox News will broadcast the event.
The Republican governor, a wealthy former software executive, has referred to himself as the debate’s least-known participant. In a statement made to NBC on Sunday, he said that he will have succeeded in the debate “if we get a chance to explain who we are, what we’re about, and why we’re running.”
In order to qualify for the debate stage, he needed to raise 40,000 unique donations from RNC members; he did this in July by offering $20 gift cards in exchange for $1 donations. Later, he fulfilled the polling criteria and agreed to support the eventual GOP presidential nominee, both of which were prerequisites set forth by the RNC for him to take part in the debate on Wednesday night.
With somewhat less name recognition than other candidates competing for the GOP candidacy, Burgum, who is now serving his second term as governor of North Dakota, said in June that he would run for president in 2024. His campaign is largely concerned with the national security, energy, and economy.