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Senator John haven't actually -- -- thank you for joining us Jennifer thanks for inviting me.
So my question to you is you're governor of not to cut out for ten years now -- You know the number one guy in the state now you're one of many here in the senate what is that like both personally and professionally in terms of -- transition.
You know I served for governors ten years and my wife is firstly we really enjoyed it incredible honor.
-- probably the best job you know anyone could ever have.
But now we're working into this job it's important and it and it's a time when our country faces real challenges.
And so we're excited about the opportunity to work -- fathers -- to meet some of these things that are so important for the future of our country.
From a policy standpoint is it frustrating to not be able to be -- of the final word on something and half.
Maybe be one of many making the decision.
You know either way you have to work with people to get things done so it's different.
But you know as governor really focused on building -- good business climate and economic development.
Strong financial foundation for our state.
Energy development and those -- the things that I'm working on here for our country.
And again it's it's -- time in our nation's history when we've got to buckle down and meet these changes.
For not only.
-- -- important now but for future generations.
You had a really good economic track record during your tenure he added 40000 jobs at a balanced budget those -- you know impressive things.
But is there any way to take that in North Dakota and take any sort of lessen our tip.
To a larger setting with a country it seems like it would be a challenge because North Dakota to population is fairly small it seems like that would be -- more manageable thing to get -- hold of then looking at.
The economic challenges the whole country's facing.
You know Jennifer I think the same principles apply we work very hard to build a good business climate a climate.
That encourages private investment creating legal tax and regulatory certain -- That help our economy not only grow but diversified that is exactly.
What we need to do here at the national level that is job one.
Second we've got to get a grip on spending.
For our economy for national security and for future generations we've got to get a grip on spending again that goes back to that strong financial foundation.
Are we -- a lot in our state and energy we have incredible opportunity at the national level with the energy.
Health care we need the right kind of Health Care Reform that empowers people increases competition reduces costs.
So the same principles apply and that's where I hope to bring my experience as a governor and translated into this job as soon.
-- -- about Washington and general.
Is it more or less partisan than you expected is anything that surprised you.
It's a little hard for me to say there because I don't have that frame of reference I came with the attitude that you have to work -- Republican in Democrat and I still believe that.
As a governor had to do that in our legislature.
We've got to do this -- we've got to find ways to reach across -- to get things done.
So we've got to have that attitude in terms of getting things done there's a big difference between activity.
And -- -- We have to focus on the things that make a difference and -- -- every day.
And -- get sidetracked and all these things and that's it and then it.
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