Miss America calls United States withdrawal from Paris climate accord 'bad decision'

Posted September 12, 2017

A new Miss America was crowned in Atlantic City on Sunday night as Miss North Dakota Cara Mund prevailed over 50 other contestants.

"I do believe it's a bad decision", Mund said when asked about Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris climate treaty. This would make her the first elected female governor of the state.

Zeng won Friday's swimsuit preliminary and promised that she'd be part of the post-Irma cleanup and recovery effort, whether as Miss America or not. (Bet you didn't know that North Dakota was the "Peace Garden State", did ya?) Mund is a 23-year-old student at Brown University, and she plans on attending Notre Dame Law School after taking a year off to serve as Miss America. "I do believe it's a bad decision", she said during the Q & A segment of the show.

During the question-and-answer portion, Miss America candidates were asked different questions about the current political affairs and President Trump and therefore the event became political.

"It's important to have a woman's perspective", she said, stressing the importance of women in important government jobs.

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"It was very obvious that it was a terrorist attack", Wood said.

The Bismarck resident says that even though she doesn't agree with the president on this issue, it doesn't mean she won't support him. And that's something that we really need to keep in mind. It was the first time in the history of the pageant that a contestant from North Dakota was awarded the crown.

As judges were narrowing the field of 51 contestants (each state plus the District of Columbia), they interviewed Zeng, 22, of Palm Coast, who noted that her family was safe. Cara Mund will be on tour every month to promote her advocacy, which is the Make A Wish - Passion with Fashion.

In being crowned Miss America, Mund defeated runner-up Jennifer Davis from Missouri, second runner-up Kaitlyn Schoeffel from New Jersey, third runner-up Briana Kinsey from Washington, D.C., and fourth runner-up Margana Wood from Texas.

The victor will take over for the current titleholder, Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields of Arkansas.