SIOUX FALLS, SD -
Candidates for South Dakota's open U.S. Senate seat are sounding off about the ongoing government shutdown.
The government closure is in its fourth day and on Friday, KELOLAND News talked with all the candidates about the Congress that they are campaigning to join.
Mike Rounds (R)
Just hours after returning from a trip to Washington, D.C., Republican U.S. Senate candidate and former South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds talked at a Sioux Falls Rotary Luncheon about the ongoing shutdown.
"There are some folks out there that think that this may go on until the 17th of October when they're expecting the government to hit the debt limit, the debt ceiling," Rounds told the crowd.
Rounds believes his experience as a two-term governor would be a benefit in solving the ongoing gridlock in Washington.
"I come with eight years as governor where we are expected to get results, where we have to work with other people. We have to find common ground where we have to go back out and say, 'We have done what you voted us in to do, which is to balance our budget and pay our bills,'" Rounds said.
Rick Weiland (D)
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Rick Weiland says the current shutdown is ‘reckless’ and ‘irresponsible.’
"Forcing government to close its doors, kicking families to the street because you didn't get your way is no way to run a railroad, and it's no way to run a government," Weiland said Friday.
Weiland says his time working with Republican governors when he was a Regional Director for FEMA gives him experience in working across the aisle.
"I worked hand in hand with those governors to help the people of those states, including our own state of South Dakota. Bill Janklow and I rolled up our sleeves when the Spencer tornado hit and we got the job done for the people who were affected by that tornado," Weiland said.
Annette Bosworth (R)
Sioux Falls doctor Annette Bosworth, who is running for the Republican nomination, just got back from a week in Washington, D.C. She believes the shutdown calls attention to the problems on Capitol Hill.
"I think it's a wake up call that's absolutely what I think, and America is dialed in, they're paying attention as the impact grows with this each day," Bosworth said.
Stace Nelson (R)
South Dakota State Representative Stace Nelson calls the shutdown a ‘deliberate act of political gamesmanship.’
"The problems in D.C. are we have too many career politicians in D.C. who are only concerned about their own political aspirations,” Nelson said.
Larry Rhoden (R)
South Dakota State Senator Larry Rhoden, who is also running for the Republican nomination, says with his legislative experience he can bring a fresh approach to the debates in Washington.
"I've always stressed with my leadership team when I was majority leader that the most important feature in leading a caucus is communication and I think we lack in a big way communication skills in Washington D.C.” Rhoden said.
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