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Rep. Hagedorn: Minn. Could Go Red in 2020

Minn. Rep. Jim Hagendorn is seen after the freshman class photo
Rep. Jim Hagedorn, R-Minn. interviewed by Newsmax intern Clare Hillen.

By    |   Sunday, 07 July 2019 01:51 PM

Minnesota last gave its electoral votes to a Republican for president (Richard Nixon) back in 1972.  In seeking re-election in 1984, Ronald Reagan received his only loss among the fifty states in Minnesota.

Now, this trend could be changing and the Gopher State could finally turn red in the 2020 presidential Election.

This optimistic outcome was shared with Newsmax by freshman Rep. Jim Hagedorn of Minnesota’s 1st District and one of only two Republicans in 2018 to take a House seat previously held by a Democrat (The other was Hagedorn’s fellow Minnesotan, Rep. Pete Stauber of the 8th District).

Business growth, a possibly successful outcome of “trade wars” for Minneosta farmers, and — perhaps most significantly — fear of the Democrats’ “Medicare For All” plan could tip the state’s electoral votes to the GOP, Hagedorn believes.

In the 2016 presidential election, 53 percent of his district voted for Donald Trump, and 38 percent voted for Hillary Clinton.

Hagedorn recalled that “nobody” expected the large margin of win for Trump in the 1st district.  Three years later, he insists that the Trump Administration is positively viewed in his Southern Minnesota turf.

Since 2017, Hagedorn explained, the great increases in business growth in his district, as well as possible US trade agreements with Japan  could have positive impacts on his district’s pork trade.

When asked about President Trump’s tariffs, the congressman told Newsmax he’s “not a fan” of tariffs and would rather look to expanding markets.

While his farmer constituents aren’t exactly thrilled that they are caught in the middle of a trade war, said Hagedorn, “they are glad that President Trump is at least trying to help the agriculture business.”

Hagedorn proudly emphasized he was the first Minnesota congressman of either party to support the Trump-backed United States – Mexico – Canada Agreement (USMCA).

On the trade issue, Hagedorn added, “[Trump’s] not getting the support he needs from Congress.”

Turning to 2020 Democratic issue of “Medicare for All,” Hagedorn strongly feels that if the state-managed national health care scheme came about it would negatively impact on a large constituency of his — the employees of the world-reknown Mayo Clinic medical and research center, located in Rochester, Minnesota.

“Minnesota didn’t need Obamacare,” Hagedorn exclaimed about the Affordable Care Act (ACA). He explained this sentiment, saying that 90 percent of Minnesotans held insurance cards before the ACA (which came into effect in 2010).

He added that data already existed in Minnesota for those with preexisting conditions in order to ensure they had proper medical care.

“This is the first election in our nation’s history” Hagedorn exclaimed, saying that when Americans go into the ballot box, they understand the health care positions of the party for which they are voting.

“If [Americans] vote Democrat, [they know] they will be getting single-payer [health care].”

Hagedorn revealed his belief that health care will be a deciding issue for voters in the 2020 presidential election, saying it will reveal the “clearest contrast on the ballot between the parties.”

“Both parties are in agreement that [the Affordable Care Act] isn’t the future,” yet the political divide in Congress is strongest when debating its successor.

Clare Hillen is a sophomore at George Washington University, and a summer intern at the Washington, D.C. bureau of Newsmax

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