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South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem will deliver a major speech at the Reagan Library on Wednesday night where she will urge Republicans to listen more, talk less and shut down small grievances.
“My advice to the Republican Party is to get over yourself,” Noem says in prepared remarks obtained by Fox News Digital.
“We all have people in our lives that we’ve stopped talking to, been offended, or think they’re too far on the other end of the political spectrum from us that there’s no sense in wasting time. words on them. We have to get over ourselves. And start by listening.
Noem will speak at the Reagan Library as part of the Time for Choose series, which has already profiled 2,024 potential candidates, including former Vice President Mike Pence, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, former Ambassador Nikki Haley and Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas. .
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In a pre-speech interview with Fox News Digital, Noem spoke about his admiration for former President Ronald Reagan and how South Dakota is proof that Republican politics work. She also spoke about the importance of Republicans having “discipline” in communication and not fighting each other on Twitter.
“We stopped having conversations with people we disagree with,” Noem told Fox News of his fellow Republicans. “Instead, if we disagree with people, we blast them or jump on Twitter. This needs to stop. We need to listen and build relationships. Communication is one of the things we need to discipline us.”
Noem said Reagan and former President Trump had very similar policies except for differences in immigration. (Reagan granted amnesty to nearly 3 million undocumented immigrants). Asked if his post about self-recovering Republicans was a nod to Reagan’s style of communication, rather than Trump’s, Noem replied “a bit.”
But more broadly, Noem said, “I encourage Republicans to … listen, have a conversation rather than constantly blow themselves up and storm out of the room.”
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Noem is a former state legislator and congressman who represented South Dakota in Washington for eight years. She was elected South Dakota’s first female governor in 2018.
During the coronavirus pandemic, she has drawn controversy for never closing businesses, refusing to impose public health mask mandates or restricting large gatherings. She hosted a 4th of July celebration with Trump at South Dakota’s Mount Rushmore in 2020.
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Noem defended his decisions, saying governors don’t have “the authority to tell you that your business is not essential.”
“South Dakota is proof that our Republican principles work,” Noem told Fox News. “We in South Dakota have very low taxes, very low regulations. We’ve kept our state open during the pandemic. We stand up for our freedoms and our rights and we have the number one economy in the nation.”
The Reagan Library, based in Simi Valley, Calif., hosts many prominent GOP figures and 2024 hopefuls with a mission to outline their detailed view of the party and the conservative movement.
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As for 2024, Noem said she is focused on her 2022 re-election as governor and has “no plans” beyond that. If Trump runs again, she would support him.
“Yes, his policy was amazing for our state and our people,” Noem said.