VIDEO: Hoeven says North Dakota’s success is model for D.C.

John Hoeven

BISMARCK – In a brief address to North Dakota Republicans this morning, Sen. John Hoeven said jobs, the economy and the energy sector need to be top priorities for Congress – just like they’ve been in his home state.

“Around the country, people are talking about North Dakota, and they’re talking about North Dakota in a very good way,” Hoeven said. “That didn’t just happen. We worked very hard.”

With the lowest national unemployment rate, a profitable oil boom and strong job growth, Hoeven said Washington should look to North Dakota as a model for how the nation’s policies should be laid out.

Hoeven also rallied the convention delegates to support the party’s endorsed candidates in the months ahead.

“We have outstanding candidates, and they’ve been working hard,” Hoeven said. “But we need outstanding candidates, because we need to win – now more than ever. The stakes are high.”

He added, “We need our Republican philosophy in Washington in order to get the job done.”

Hoeven was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010, after serving 10 years as North Dakota’s governor. He’s formally endorsed Rep. Rick Berg in the U.S. Senate race, which will decide who replaces retiring Democratic Sen. Kent Conrad.