A vote for anyone other than Mike Rounds for the U.S. Senate is a vote for President Obama. The Republican Party cannot control the majority in the U.S. Senate without Governor Rounds.
If you WANT Barack Obama to continue to completely ignore the needs of American citizens, then vote for one of the other candidates. If, like me, you want control of your government in your state, vote FOR Governor Rounds. Mike Rounds well understands the needs of this state—and, for that matter, any state.
If you WANT a continuation of a failed foreign policy and the embarrassing world opinion that America no longer has any strength—vote for one of the other candidates. If you WANT the attorney general to ignore any legal standards of our land, as AG Holder has continually done, vote for someone that you may “like” a little better than Mike.
There is another significant advantage to us if Mike is our next senator: he was a leader in the Republican Governor’s Caucus. There are other former Republican governors, currently in the U.S. Senate, who are eager to work with Mike and admire his leadership. None of the other candidates show the vaguest sign of such leadership.
If Rick Weiland were somehow elected, his loyalty would only be to the president and those who spent a fortune to get him elected. He has never held public office, nor does he understand the process.
Former Senator Pressler has been my friend for a number of years. I have worked on his previous campaigns, travelled abroad with him, and spent many hours discussing issues with him. When he chose to run as an “independent” his motivation for running was unclear. As time passed, it became obvious that there was some political chicanery afoot.
Reliable sources now indicate that the Democratic Party—with whom former Senator Pressler would caucus—urged and supported his efforts. We do not know what might have been promised to him as a reward for serving as a candidate. There is something secret awaiting him if he is successful in pulling votes away from a strong Republican. Whatever the appointment or perk, it raises money and keeps him running even though there is no chance of his winning the seat.
Gordon Howie is also a friend. While serving with him in the South Dakota State Senate, though we differed on some important issues, I found him to be an earnest and caring person. It is clear, however, that there is no chance of his winning. Those who vote for him, instead of our former Republican governor, are creating a very real possibility of continued Democratic control of the U.S. Senate. Hopefully no one will throw away their precious vote to get something that they despise.
Our foreign policy is in disarray and the vicious president of Russia is contemptuous of Obama’s inability to act firmly. He is absolutely convinced of our near impotence in influence abroad. All of the president’s attempts to change our economic situation at home have been a gross failure. Without a change in congressional control these problems, that are a result of inconsistent and contradictory policies, will continue.
Please, please remember that a vote for ANY candidate other than Mike Rounds will be a vote to strengthen a failed presidency.