5 questions with….. US Senate Candidate Jason Ravnsborg

Jason Ravnsborg is South Dakota’s newest US Senate candidate, jumping into the election during the final quarter of 2013 during a busy time in politics. I thought it would be worthwhile for readers to hear more from and about him. As noted on his announcement release;

Jason believes that our national debt is out of control and that we must balance our budget. Jason believes that our government is not responding to the will of the American people who have steadfastly been against Obamacare from the beginning. Jason intends to roll up his sleeves and work hard every day to improve Washington and make it more responsive to the electorate.

And with that, I bring you 5 questions with Jason Ravnsborg:

1. Why are you running?

ravnsborgI am running because I care about the welfare of our state and our nation. Our country has major challenges I want to help with in any way I can. I have always sought to give back in the forms of community service, military service and I now want to give back to my state and country through political service. I understand that this is a tremendous undertaking. However, I have taken on very difficult challenges before and been successful. I see the U.S. Senate as a way to continue the oath of service I first took in the military: to protect and defend the constitution, and to serve the people faithfully and tirelessly.

My intention is to be a good listener that will better enable me to understand the needs of the people of South Dakota. I will not be an East River or West River politician, but instead a statesman representing the entire state. I believe we need more statesman in our country, people that are more concerned about doing what is right for our state and the country, not just what is the easy answer. Many Americans have lost faith in their elected officials in Washington, D.C. I plan to help restore their faith by being responsive to their needs and positions.

2. What can you tell us about your campaign team? Is this a ‘kitchen cabinet’ of family, close friends and associates, have you brought on consultants, or do you have a group of activists helping you?

I have an ever growing group of people supporting me and I am truly humbled by their support. With their assistance, I am building an army of volunteers who believe as I do in representing the people of this great state.

I have a campaign manager who has helped run a Presidential campaign at the state level. Additionally, I have a communication director who has a background in radio and is an elected states attorney here in South Dakota. Other key volunteers are already seeking to set up meetings and have begun gathering signatures. However, the buck stops with me, I am responsible for every aspect of my campaign and my representation of the people of our great state.

3. This is a large field of candidates, which we only see for open seats. Does that change your strategy for the campaign? What’s your ‘win’ number?

No, I would have the same strategy if the field were only two. I intend to run my campaign as I see it and others can run their campaign as they see fit. I will provide a positive campaign where I will listen to the people of South Dakota and know what they are for and then work very hard to represent their interests.

When you say “Win” number, I was unsure if you meant position in the race or percentage of the vote, so I will answer it this way. I intend to run to win! I want to make clear that while I do know people on the staffs of other campaigns; my campaign is NOT affiliated with another campaign or set up to take votes from one candidate or another. I hope to earn every vote that I am fortunate enough to have cast for me by the people of our state. However, I think our country needs to seriously talk about the issues and find solutions while involving as many of its citizens in the process as possible. I will work hard, intelligently and then we will let the people decide who they want to best represent their interests.

4. Can you tell us about your prior experience in politics and government? What in your background do you think has best prepared you for the running for office?

I have never run for political office which many believe is a plus. Furthermore, I am not beholden to any special interests groups for my vote and I never will be. Groups or Individuals that seek to endorse me or support me will most likely be because we already have some of the same views. I firmly believe our founders did not intend for career politicians, but instead people willing to serve their country and then return home. This is much like my military experiences and various deployments.

I have worked on campaigns in the past from the Presidential level to the local level. I have family that continues to actively work in politics and a number of friends working to better our state and nation in various diverse fields.

I believe it is important the Republican Party wins this U.S. Senate seat. I believe the people of South Dakota are generally conservative and thus it makes sense to send a conservative to Washington D.C. whom will represent their concerns and issues.

I have a diverse background that has prepared me to run for office. I grew up on a farm, where I learned about agriculture, the importance of the land and the value of hard work. I am a small business owner, where I have learned payroll operations and how to make ends meet. I am an attorney where I work to solve complex problems and mediate between people to find a solution. I am an army officer where I have learned discipline, leadership, strong moral values and bringing people together from a variety of diverse backgrounds to include local, national and international. I also learned as an officer to overcome challenging situations while still remaining calm and collective under pressure. These are some of the qualities that will assist me in this campaign and the U.S. Senate. One of the most important lessons for me in the military is to be able to lead, follow and above all know when to quickly decide which one to do.

5. Along those same lines, what issues do you believe are the most important in the 2014 US Senate Race?

I do not believe any one issue can be identified to be the most important. We need South Dakotans and other Americans adequately employed to have sufficient revenue to live comfortable lives. We have done a very good job in South Dakota with our low unemployment rate, but we can still do better. We must protect the environment which will help create and sustain jobs in the marketplace. We must work diligently to provide an environment where we produce jobs that keep the younger generation in South Dakota versus leaving to find jobs in other states.

I am deeply concerned about our national debt and the failure of the federal government to pass a balanced budget. If we do not balance our federal budget, as we do with our own personal budgets, the consequences will be dire to our country.

I also believe Obamacare must be repealed and replaced. The government sought to force something upon the American people they did not want. We need a plan the American people can get behind, believe in and benefit from, not one that divides us.

I have always been a multi-tasker and so these issues along with taxes, energy, immigration, agriculture and national security all require simultaneous attention in a comprehensive effort. I recently posted a number of issues on my website www.jasonforsouthdakota.com You can read about these issues and others and I hope to discuss them with you in more detail in the coming months.

We must make Americans safe, healthy and give them the ability to provide for their families. We are the greatest nation on earth which provides us the strength of character and work ethic to be leaders in the world. However, with great success comes great responsibility. We can and must do better in addressing our concerns so that our children and grandchildren can also enjoy the American dream. Together, we can do it!

49 comments

  • Common Ground/Common Sense

    Jason Ravnsborg A-10 Warthog pilot right?

    • Doesn’t matter. I was going to vote for Stace because of his military experience, but the more I learn about him the more I realize he is unelectable. Now I am voting for Jason.

      • Combat vet? Isn’t there a law against that statement by a snot nosed college grad whose mother is still wiping your butt at home?

        Respectfully, George Washington

  • First, I like these segments. I like that the candidates are willing to answer questions with you and that you ask them. I saw the one with Ms. Robinson also. I’ll go back and look but have the other candidates done this? anyone refuse to answer?

    Second, I like his answers and they seem well thought out and I am liking this guy more and more. I am glad to see that he addressed directly that he is not with another campaign. I didn’t think so but nice to hear. It is also refreshing to see someone address the issues, but in an uplifting way towards the end. He also sounds like a hard worker.

    I look forward to hearing more about him and reading more of these segments.

    • The only question I wanted to know from him was if he doesn’t win the primary will he support the candidate who does get the nomination. If his answer is anything better than “Hell No!” I welcome him to the race.

  • Nice introduction to the candidate. Noticed the link in the post isn’t working but here’s a direct link to his homepage:
    http://www.jasonforsouthdakota.com/

  • I liked his answers and like his resume, however I wish he had worked his way up the political ladder a bit. If for no other reason to enhance his name recognition, learn a little more about politics, expand his network, and not taint his political resume with a 5-percent showing in his first effort.

  • I liked his answers and like his resume, however I wish he had worked his way up the political ladder a bit. If for no other reason to enhance his name recognition, learn a little more about politics, expand his network, and not taint his political resume with a 5-percent showing in his first effort.

    • I for one like that he is not part of the establishment and brings a fresh take on everything. I believe the problem over the years in Washington is all these career politicians that have climbed the political ladder as you say. These politicians only care about the next election which leads to very little getting done for our state and the nation. He sounds like he cares and actually wants to get things accomplished.

  • Jason writes: “I am running because I care about the welfare of our state and our nation.”

    Maybe he ought to give a little more detail about how adding a fifth candidate to the Republican primary improves the welfare of our state and nation. I’m not sure where he thinks his opponents disagree with him. Almost everything he says here seems like a hollow platitude.

    Jason writes: “I have an ever growing group of people supporting me and I am truly humbled by their support.”

    Paraphrase: “I’m truly humbled by the fact that so many people realize how awesome I am.”

    Nearly everyone seems to have forgotten what the word humble means. If Jason is humble, it’s not because of his ever-growing support network.

    Jason writes: “… I think our country needs to seriously talk about the issues and find solutions while involving as many of its citizens in the process as possible. ”

    That’s easily the best statement in the article, but then he follows it up with this: “I do not believe any one issue can be identified to be the most important.”

    Paraphrase: “We need to involve as many citizens as possible in a serious discussion of … something. I’m not sure what.”

    The most important issue is that the U.S. intelligence community is engaging in unconstitutional data seizures and empowering itself to covertly perpetrate blackmail and/or psychological torment against almost anyone, including state and federal government officials.

    Jason writes: “We must make Americans safe, healthy and give them the ability to provide for their families.”

    Being safe and healthy is overrated. We ought to make Americans free and let them prioritize their own safety and health as they see fit.

    Jason writes: “We are the greatest nation on earth which provides us the strength of character and work ethic to be leaders in the world.”

    Being the greatest nation on earth doesn’t provide strength of character or work ethic. In many cases it undermines them.

    The whole article sounds like a high school student who thinks he’s much smarter than he really is, struggling to meet a 1200-word minimum by filling the page with mostly empty words.

    • Like several other people, I too thought he had some well thought out answers. I think he was being somewhat cautious so he did not say something stupid like some of the other candidates have. I believe he is a viable alternative to Mike Rounds. Has Rounds answered any questions in a forum like this? So, in short, feel free to vote for whoever you think has the best case to make for himself/herself.

    • It sounds like to me that someone wants to be critical of what was released just to be critical, anyone can twist what someone else’s states to make it sound bad. Jason Ravnsborg has already released more than any other candidate in his short time, that is a plus.
      Question for you, are you jealous that he is running and you are not or is it that you support another candidate and just want to bash on Jason Ravnsborg because of?

      • My Questions was to Kurt incase of confusion.

      • “Scott” wrote: “It sounds like to me that someone wants to be critical of what was released just to be critical, anyone can twist what someone else’s states to make it sound bad.”

        Not anyone, but almost anyone, as you’ve just demonstrated.

        “Scott” wrote: “Jason Ravnsborg has already released more than any other candidate in his short time, that is a plus.”

        It would be if it were true.

        “Scott” wrote: “Question for you, are you jealous that he is running and you are not … ?”

        I’ve spent nearly three years of my life planning and running statewide campaigns, and it’s extremely difficult even on the good days. I’m not jealous, but I’m definitely disappointed by journalists who’ve taken my campaigns less seriously than they’re taking his.

        “Scott” asked: “… or is it that you support another candidate and just want to bash on Jason Ravnsborg because of?”

        I’m not convinced Jason is a better candidate than anyone else in the field. If saying that is “bashing” on him, then I guess the answer to your question is yes.

  • I think Jason’s answers were good, well thought out and genuine. We need people running for office who aren’t going to go to Washington amd follow the McConnell’s and Boehner’s but stand up for us, the voters. Obamacare proved that the republicans are not there fighting for us, South Dakota doesn’t want obamacare but when ted cruise stood up and tried to defund it he was taking heat from his own party. Do you think rounds will do that? Do you think he will stand next to cruise and say enough is enough? I think Jason will. I for one am tired of calling my representative and senators giving them my opinion only to have them do what’s best for them and sending me a form letter a month later explaining why they didn’t do what is best for South Dakota. It’s high time we stand behind a strong conservative and give them a shot at doing the right thing for us.

  • His answers were weak. They would be ok if he had some street cred so we could use our own impression of him to take those positions to the next level but as they are and as he goes I think we see he has a long way to go if he is going to get any separation from the candidates. He’s totally a cookie cutter and that doesn’t help him.

    • Has other candidate offered up anything like this? I don’t believe they have, which puts him a step ahead of them in my book.

      • If you have seen or listened to any of the other candidates events, fundraisers, debates, etc. would would have heard them all answer these very questions. I think Pat has introduced each of the candidates properly, but in a different way. He might have used this 5 question format for Jason because most people don’t have a clue where he is coming from on any issues.

  • I think he was too ambiguous with his answers and failed to address social conservatism. I find absolutely no reason here why he entered the race despite there already being 4 people in it. I think he is well intended and has some great attributes, but all in all his addition has not been translucent enough for me to give him consideration. Think I leaning Stace right now, but I just want there to be a runoff with Rounds vs the winner of Bosworth/Rhoden/Nelson battle.

  • I will pile on with the person who mentioned platitudes. When you have a person with zero political experience, I want him to be a lot more specific about what he plans to do. As of right now, this seems more pie in the sky wishing than it does actual plan of action. Nonetheless, he seems likable enough.

    • I think the big question I have is what does he offer that the others don’t? My guess is Stace Nelson, Mike Rounds and Larry Rhoden would all vote about the same 99.9999% of the time. Why is he different?

      • Then you have no clue about their actual voting records. There records are different on the tax & fee bills passed, Rounds/Rhoden voted for the vast majority, Nelson voted against the majority that came before him. Nelson brought bills to fight illegal immigration, Rhoden voted against most, Rounds didn’t do anything. Nelson voted to strengthen term limits laws, Rounds/Rhoden voted repeatedly for measures to repeal them. Rounds/Rhoden voted to increases state govt spending & increase the size of state govt, Nelson repeatedly has voted against such increases.

        • Pretty ambiguous statements.

        • Funny how Stace voted against illegal immigration and then actually encouraged it by voting in favor of giving free pre-natal health care to illegal pregnant mothers.

          • So, because legislators like Rhoden refused to pass legislation to deal with illegal immigration, and Nelson has brought such bills, it is Nelson’s fault that these illegal immigrant pregnant women are here being exploited and cannot afford prenatal care for babies that will be born here as American citizens?

            Shame on Nelson for being pro-life!

            That bill was about $200 K for about 200 babies. What was Rhoden’s excuse for the $1-2 MILLION for English as a second language bill he voted for to pay for that for illegal immigrants here in SD?

  • I have to first say it is interesting to see the guy that dropped out of the race being the most critical. Irony anyone?

    I found Ravnsborg’s comments and discussion of issues well thought out also, uplifting and a nice change of pace from the negativity so far. Plus I would hold the other candidates to a higher standard as they have been in the race for months and I have no idea where they stand on some issues. I am willing to give this guy some time. He has been in the race like a minute compared to all the rest who have been running for months.

    Plus besides a lack of political experience, what are people going to attack him on, especially if he stays positive? and he has to be smart with the background he has. And with things as they are political experience isn’t as big of a plus as it used to be.

    To the last person’s question, I’d say perhaps electability. Seems to have the positives of the other conservative candidates without all the baggage and seems to have some passion. So I’d say he has a lot of upside to me. I’ll keep listening.

    • He’s obviously more stable/controlled than Nelson. I point out Nelson due to they both have military experience. All in all, the lack of political experience shouldn’t hurt him in that one on one comparison because Nelson really doesn’t have that much political experience either. Three terms so six months? I’m sure this guy has followed politics or I’m guessing he wouldn’t be running so I don’t think the six months Nelson has on him is going to hurt him. His experience is superior as far as the military and he doesn’t seem like the type that would even get close to getting kicked out of a caucus for example. It might be for these reasons he thought he’d have a chance in this race over Nelson and he’s probably right.

      • Funny how all the comments are about Roundsberg having to beat Nelson.

        How is a posing Iowa army reserve logistics officer and lawyer more impressive than a South Dakota farm boy, active duty Marine veteran, and career NCIS agent?

        Maybe if you people say all of this enough times, maybe! Just maybe you can fool enough people into believing it?

        • So from what i have read on both of their websites and what they have said I think Jason is way more impressive since you asked.

          Jason because is highly decorated (a Bronze Star and honored at Congress, seriously, how many people does that happen to?) while Stace is not. Stace lists a lot of courses, but I didn’t see any military medals. Maybe they both have more but i haven’t seen it. Feel free to point something out.

          Jason has been in combat not once but twice in two different theaters of war.

          Sounds like they were both gone about the same time and Iowa vs Japan

          They both have the farm boy thing.

          Lawyer vs NCIS ; lawyer is more impressive to me; plus that is another aspect to Jason for me vs the same for Stace.

          Now don’t misunderstand I appreciate BOTH of their military records ( and also Larry’s NG time) as ANYONE who is willing to volunteer and serve deserves praise and our respect, but you mentioned “more impressive”.

          But if you are going to ask this vet who has the more impressive record it is not even a contest for me, Jason does.

  • “JS” wrote: “I have to first say it is interesting to see the guy that dropped out of the race being the most critical. Irony anyone?”

    No, there’s no irony involved. Learn more here:
    http://dakotawarcollege.com/spoiler-kurt-evans-confirmed-to-drop-out-of-senate-race-but-now-running-in-2016-really/#comment-332634

    And here:
    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/irony

  • Common Ground/Common Sense

    Maybe it’s just me but with this new format it’s really hard to tell if someone is replying to a comment. Otherwise I like the new format

  • A lot of bromides and little substance. I am starting to see JR an AB in the same light- potential but too green and have never hauled any water for the elephant.

    • I agree. Only one of the candidates has a detailed explanation on how they will support or oppose key issues spelled out on their website, and it isn’t Ravnsborg.

      Questions about who recruited him and why he is in the race are going to haunt him.

      • Which one is that? I have not seen any other candidate besides Ravnsborg offer up anything on what they intend to do. If there is something out there, please share the link to it.

        • http://stacenelson.com/the-issues/

          The only actual conservative in the race, of course.

        • http://www.larryrhoden.com and click on 5 point plan

          • Interesting! But didn’t Rhoden vote for measures repeatedly to repeal term limits as a state legislator? Why the sudden change of heart? Election year pandering?

            Didn’t he vote repeatedly for Mike Rounds’ bills that increased state budgeted spending, and that even deficit spent? More election year pandering?

            • I’m sure this is above your intellect but term limits for Congress and the Legislature are TWO DIFFERENT issues. Furthermore, our State’s fiscal health and that of the federal government can allow for two different approaches.

              You do your candidate no favors by such simplistic attacks.

              • But Mr Jones, isn’t voting for measures to repeal SD’s Constitutional term limits for Congress the same thing?

                http://legis.sd.gov/sessions/2006/bills/HJR1002H.htm

                ..and shouldn’t a candidate explain that their position is different on state term limits, especially when they have voted repeatedly to repeal them and then makes a sweeping statement that claims they strongly support term limits?

                • Rhoden doesn’t make a sweeping statement he supports term limits. This is what he has on his website: “Measures like term limits would increase the number of open positions and fresh ideas in our nation’s capital. ”

                  Since it appears you can’t understand context, this is a statement about CONGRESSIONAL term limits because he is referring to our nation’s capital and not our State capitol.

                  The SD law on Congressional terms limits was ruled unconstitutional. It is misleading to chastise someone for keeping on the books something deemed unconstitutional.

                  The only way under our Constitution to limit terms is for it to be done by Congress.

                  You do support the Constitution don’t you?

                  Your candidate will swear to uphold the Consitution won’t he?

                  • Thanks for trying Troy. When this poster keeps saying “voted repeatedly to repeal them “, many of us have repeatedly for months stated they were either HJRs or deeming unconstitutional but they don’t seem to get that. Maybe your wording will have better luck but guessing not as the one or two who keep repeating it think no one will do the research and will take their word at face value.