South Dakota State News

Governor Kristi Noem discusses foreign policy strategy with Secretary Condoleezza Rice

STONE, SOUTH DAKOTA – Earlier this week, the Hoover Institution hosted Governor Kristi Noem for a discussion with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. The discussion focused on foreign policy strategy, as well as South Dakota’s pro-freedom policies. Some key quotes can be found below.

“When I served in Congress, I served on the Armed Services Committee and was heavily engaged in relationships with countries that are our friends and allies – and many that are not… He was repeatedly reminded of the value of strength, the value of clarity of thought and communication…and that all other countries constantly pay attention to how our leaders speak here…That credibility has been greatly damaged,” said Governor Kristi Noem. “We’re in a precarious state in this country right now because we don’t have that messaging consistency.”

In response to a question from Secretary Rice about the “South Dakota formula,” Governor Noah says the following:

“When I ran for governor, I ran believing…that South Dakota could be an example to the nation…I had no idea our opportunity to do so would come in a pandemic… I’ll tell you, South Dakota is booming… We have a AAA credit rating. We have the best pension fund in the country. I have less than 700 people in the entire state of South Dakota who are currently unemployed. Our incomes are growing faster than anywhere else in the country… Our children are leading the country in academic achievement because they were in their classrooms every day learning… We were the only state in the country that hasn’t closed a single business, right? nothing imposes… We increase to ten times the national average because the families have just decided that they want to come and live somewhere where the government respects them.


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