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Fixing Gridlock In Washington

May 29, 2014, 6:00 PM by Don Jorgensen

Fixing Gridlock In Washington

The word gridlock is often times referred to when we're talking about congested traffic when no one can move.

But lately, it's been more of a term used in Washington to describe how Republicans and Democrats can't find common ground to pass legislation. Tonight we continue our series of reports with all five Republican U.S. Senate candidates to hear how they would try to break the gridlock on Capitol Hill.

"What I would do is sit down with every U.S. Senator, 100 of them, go out meet them and say, 'Here are the 10 things I'd like to do, what are 10 things you want to do by being in office?'" U.S. Senate candidate Jason Ravnsborg said. "We may not agree on the top 10, may have to keep working on the list and get the 25 or something else, but we got to find some common ground that we can at least communicate to be civil with each other."

Former Governor Mike Rounds says communication is the key. He says our founding fathers were able to do it while establishing the United States over 200 years ago, today's Congress should be able to do it too.

"There's nothing wrong with people trying to work with other people regardless if they're Independent, Democrat or Republican, because we are Americans first and sometimes we lose sight of that," U.S. Senate candiate Rounds said.

State Senator Larry Rhoden says his political experience would help set aside petty partisan games.

"I've proven in the legislature my ability to work across the aisles and have been very effective on pretty tough issues bringing sides together," U.S. Senate candidate Rhoden said.

State Representative Stace Nelson says he has a record in South Dakota as well of working respectfully with Democrats.

"Obviously we're not going to be able to agree on things and there's a matter of principle that I won't move on," U.S. Senate candidate Nelson said. "I'm pro-life. I'm for people's constitutional rights, second amendment rights. I'm for cutting government, limiting government and limiting spending. But in those areas there's always room for us to get side by side and work."

Dr. Annette Bosworth doesn't necessarily think gridlock is a bad thing, but added there are effective ways to get legislation passed.

"Gridlock sometimes is being able to see what is it you're trying to accomplish and pick apart that what we can't agree on, begin there and quit trying to overhaul all of it at once," U.S. Senate candidate Bosworth said.

Friday night we'll conclude our series of special reports and ask all five candidates how they feel about the XL Keystone Oil Pipeline that would cut through South Dakota.

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