Senate candidates agree: Washington is broken
Published: Thursday, May 1st, 2014
All five Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Democrat Tim Johnson agreed last Saturday afternoon that Washington is broken and that they were the ones who could help fix it, working alongside incumbent Sen. John Thune (R-SD).
All five also said they would work to repeal ObamaCare, which they said is not working the way it was intended.
The public forum, sponsored by Custer County Republicans, also heard from Republican gubernatorial candidate Lora Hubbel, who is running against incumbent Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard in the June primary.
Candidates running in the Republican primary are Union Center rancher and state legislator Larry Rhoden, Yankton attorney Jason Ravnsborg, state legislator and former Marine Stace Nelson, former state legislator and governor Mike Rounds and Sioux Falls physician Dr. Annette Bosworth.
Candidates had eight minutes to address questions about defending the U.S. Constitution and how they would mitigate the intrusion of the federal government into states’ rights.
Marvin Bishop, former Custer County Commis-sioner, was the moderator.
Rhoden said he and his family spent a year deciding whether to run for the office. “Knowing what stress we would have on our personal lives, we decided defense of the Constitution is more important,” he said.
Rhoden said he spent 14 years in the legislature defending the state and federal Constitutions. “A great deal of the abuse of the Constitution lies at the feet of President Obama. We need to oppose his liberal judicial nominees to courts,” he said.
“We need basic fundamental reform on how Washington works,” Rhoden said.
“We have a pretty good agreement at the table to repeal ObamaCare because it violates the Constitution and is unworkable,” he said.
Ravnsborg, a major in the Army Reserves, cited the leadership abilities he honed on his deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan and Germany.
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