When she wasn’t lying about debate precedents for incumbent governors, Kristi Noem was in California with new Denver Broncos part-owner Condoleezza Rice pretending South Dakota’s Governor can contribute to a discussion of foreign policy:
Shouting “Freedom™!” isn’t exactly a foreign policy strategy, Kristi. President Biden has been projecting lots of tangible strength in the form of weapons to Ukraine—how much more strength do you want to project to defend freedom against Putin?
But Noem doesn’t want to face difficult practical questions. Instead, she’s planning her next big speech to her national audience, this time at the National Conservative Student Conference in Washington, D.C., two weeks from today:
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem will speak to hundreds of young conservatives in Washington, D.C., later this month at Young America’s Foundation’sannual National Conservative Student Conference, the Washington Examiner has learned.
Noem will deliver a keynote address to the “biggest, student-only, conservative conference of the summer” on Thursday, July 28. The organization expects nearly 500 students to attend.
“We have a fantastic opportunity to remind our kids and grandkids that there is another path forward for our country than what they see coming out of Washington. That path is simple — it’s Freedom. And South Dakota is the best example of how well it works,” the governor told the Washington Examiner [Julia Johnson, “Kristi Noem to Address Hundreds of Young Conservatives in DC amid 2024 Speculation,” Washington Examiner, 2022.07.13].
The Young America’s Foundation, run by former Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, owns the Reagan Ranch, where Noem played cowgirl dress-up and did zero work for South Dakota last October. Walker will join Noem, former Vice-President Mike Pence, Utah Senator Mike Lee, Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan, economist Arthur Laffer, and disgraced Colonel Oliver North at the July 28 youth event in D.C.
Noem has time to fly to California and D.C. but not to swing by Mitchell or Huron for a debate with Jamie Smith.