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Outburst from attendees at a town hall meeting with Congressman Kevin Cramer

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MANDAN—Police had to step in and kick two people out of a town hall meeting with Congressman Kevin Cramer on Thursday.

Tensions surrounding politics are high right now and they came out today toward Congressman Cramer in Mandan.

"Answer it yes or no." one man at the meeting said.

"Shut your mouth." a different man said.

"Will the rich benefit from, the health care is destroyed, do the rich get a tax cut? Yes or no." the first man said.

"Of course not." Cramer said.

This happened when a man went toward Congressman Cramer, yelling about healthcare issues and taxes.

Cramer can be seen in this video trying to calm the situation, but that wasn't enough.

One man was thrown out for trying to stop the man from shouting.

Police then stepped in again when a man tried shoving money in the congressman's shirt collar.

Cramer says that while incidents like these are not ideal, it's part of his job.

"I don't have to agree with them, but I still have an obligation to listen to them. I don't blame people for their anger or anxiety. if they disagree with me or somebody else, I understand that. I still think I have an obligation to listen to them." says Rep. Kevin Cramer.

Congressman Cramer says he's never had people get physical or as confrontational as they did today, however in February there was an angry crowd that packed a similar event in West Fargo.

Cramer had another event tonight in Bismarck which was described as much less eventful.

Amy Unrau

Amy is proud to be a Red River Valley native and cover stories that matter to her community. She was raised in Hallock, Minnesota and received her degree at the University of North Dakota where she participated in the student run TV show Studio One. In college, Amy met her husband, WDAY’s Jody Norstedt, while interning at WDAZ in Grand Forks. She started at WDAY in April 2014 and is currently WDAY'Z Xtra News at Nine's anchor and producer. Have a news idea? Amy would love to share your story or investigate an issue you’re concerned about.

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