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Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the Tax Cuts to Put America First event Tuesday, March 27, 2018, at the Delta Hotels by Marriott, Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Vice President Mike Pence will visit Grand Forks July 25, according to tweets and comments Thursday by Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., though additional details about a visit were scant.

Cramer tweeted a picture of himself and his wife, Kris, with Pence, around noon, telling the city to “get ready” for a visitor. A second tweet said “July 25th will be a memorable day for Grand Forks.”

Cramer later told the Associated Press Pence would attend a fundraiser for him July 25.

Tim Rasmussen, a spokesman for Cramer’s campaign to unseat Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., acknowledged Cramer’s comments, but said he was not able to confirm a date or location or provide other information about a visit.

Rasmussen didn’t say where Cramer got his information -- he only confirmed the vice president will be in North Dakota this summer, adding the National Republican Senatorial Committee is in charge of the visit.

“He’s a congressman in Washington,” Rasmussen said of Cramer, “and he’s got connections.”

Communications staff for the NRSC were unavailable for comment Thursday.

Rasmussen said the vice president’s visit will be “another example of the momentum our campaign has going forward,” adding he’s excited for the November election.

Julia Krieger, Heitkamp’s campaign spokeswoman, disagreed.

"After supporting a trade war that's hitting our ag economy hard -- and after (Grand Forks) Mayor (Mike) Brown, who voted for President Trump, endorsed Heidi because of her ability to achieve results -- it's no secret Congressman Cramer is in serious damage control mode,” Krieger said in an email Thursday afternoon.

After Cramer’s tweets, Grand Forks City Council member Danny Weigel said he’ll go to see Pence if the visit is open to the public.

“It doesn’t matter who it is, Mike Pence or whoever -- it’s just an exciting time to have the vice president in our community, and to show him how great the city of Grand Forks is.”

Weigel said he expects Pence will come to support Cramer’s campaign, and to also address “hot topics,” like immigration and the president’s tax cuts.

This isn’t Pence’s first time in North Dakota on behalf of Cramer’s campaign -- he was in Fargo for a fundraiser in March. President Donald Trump also delivered a stump speech for Cramer in Fargo last month.

Pence was in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Wednesday, rallying support for Trump’s tax reform and trade policies. Earlier Thursday morning Pence tweeted pictures of himself and law enforcement officers from Cedar Rapids and Kansas City, Mo.

“Honored to meet with brave law enforcement officers yesterday in Kansas City and Cedar Rapids,” he wrote. “They work tirelessly and risk their lives every day to keep our families and communities safe. THANK YOU!”

Emily Allen

Allen joined the Grand Forks Herald to cover local government and politics May 2018. Call her at 701-780-1102, email her at or follow her on Twitter, @Emily_theHerald.

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