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Doug Burgum injured playing basketball in Milwaukee, confirms he will still debate

Election 2024 Republicans Iowa
Posted at 8:00 AM, Aug 23, 2023
and last updated 2023-08-23 18:59:11-04

MILWAUKEE — Doug Burgum, North Dakota's governor and one of the Republican candidates for president, was taken to an emergency room Tuesday night, but confirmed he will still debate Wednesday evening.

Burgum was reportedly taken to a Milwaukee ER after suffering an injury while playing a game of pick-up basketball with his staff. That injury was later identified as a high-grade Achilles tear, which required him to walk with crutches.

All candidates were scheduled to visit the debate site during the afternoon for a walk-through, CNN said. Burgum attended the event to decide whether or not he would go to the debate afterward.

He confirmed his attendance around 4 p.m. with a tweet, stating: "I'm in."


More about Burgum

Burgum, a wealthy former software entrepreneur now in his second term as North Dakota’s governor, has been using his fortune to boost his campaign.

He announced a program this month to give away $20 gift cards — “Biden Relief Cards,” as a critique of President Joe Biden’s handling of the economy — to as many as 50,000 people in exchange for $1 donations. Critics have questioned whether the offer violated campaign finance law.

Within about a week of launching that effort, Burgum announced he had surpassed the donor threshold. Ad blitzes in the early-voting states also helped him meet the polling requirements.

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