Burgum says he'll make debate stage, vows to not drop out if he doesn't

(MANCHESTER, NH) — North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum, a Republican candidate for President of the United States, says he’s confident he’ll be on the debate stage September 27 in Simi Valley, California.

Speaking to reporters outside a diner in Manchester, N.H., over the weekend, Burgum said “it takes awhile” to reach the threshold needed to qualify for the debate.

“With these clubhouse rules that require a national polling as well, we shifted some resources towards national advertising and name awareness,” he said. He said the transitions were made “only a couple of weeks ago.”

Burgum said if he doesn’t make the debate stage in Simi Valley, he will continue on the campaign trail.

“At the end of the day, it’s the voters that get to decide how the field gets narrowed, not a cable network or clubhouse rules,” he said.