Republican U.S. Senate candidate Annette Bosworth says her Facebook post this week lit the fire for a topic she's been burning to talk about.
On Monday, Bosworth posted a picture comparing the federal food stamp program to the dependence wild animals develop when they are fed at national parks.
The post has the internet buzzing, Republicans and Democrats across the country bantering, and for the first time Friday Bosworth was talking about the topic in front of news cameras.
"What you're trying to do is capture that short attention span of our country, of our culture, with a message to try and create a discussion," Bosworth said
The post is called 'A Lesson In Irony' and it’s been shared more than 70,000 times.
It draws parallels between the administration of the growing food stamp program by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the ban on feeding animals in national parks so they don't grow dependent on handouts.
It's a parallel that has drawn criticism but Bosworth says she has also received support for the stance.
"There has to be a way that you begin the conversations. I've been in this race for ten months and it's the first time someone has slowed down to say talk about food stamps, talk about what that program does to people, so if that's what it took I'll take the heat," Bosworth said.
South Dakota Democrats say Bosworth's comments are 'out of touch' with hardworking families who struggle to make ends meet.
"When you are looking at the folks who are relying on food stamps it's seniors on limited or fixed incomes. It's children who have no choice over their economic circumstances in life. These are the folks that we're really investing in in the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). People that will pay dividends going forward," South Dakota Democratic Party Executive Director Zach Crago said.
Bosworth isn't backing down saying it’s the first time in this Republican primary that she's actually talking about an issue that led her to run for office.
"We have a problem. No one is talking about it. The race is 33 days from Election Day and the issues still don't come up. That is sad," Bosworth said.
Bosworth says she supports the food stamp program for those who need it as a bridge to get them through a tough time - but she's concerned about the people who grow dependent on it.
The South Dakota Republican Primary is June 3.