Things are getting exciting. And Republicans are getting one step closer to claiming all three federal offices in South Dakota. According to a recent article by Kevin Woster, popular former Governor Mike Rounds doesn’t appear to be taking lightly the idea of running for Senate in ‘2014.
Former Gov. Mike Rounds said Thursday that he will decide by fall whether to run for the U.S. Senate seat held by longtime Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson.
It’s clear Rounds understands that his timing and decision making will impact how the race evolves. Fall is an early decision. Most people I’ve spoken with have always assumed he would make his decision known sometime after the holidays following the new year. But it is clear that things are progressing much faster than most of us had expected.
We can also speculate that a decision has most likely already been made, because I don’t think many of us believe Rob Skjonsberg went to Fischer Rounds to sell insurance.
And if Rounds does run in 2014, he said he won?t be signing any no-tax pledges.
?I don?t think you go in saying I will never do this or never do that,? he said. ?No, I will not sign a no-new tax pledge.?…
Rounds said he would be a tough, though not irrational, budget hawk if he were in the U.S. Senate, promising to seek ways to reduce spending and fight a growing deficit that threatens the nation?s future. But taking a possible tax increase off the table is a poor tactical move in a congressional world where compromise is often essential to getting things done, he said.
Considering the current mess we are in, I believe that is a realistic approach and fairly similar to the opinion expressed by Senator Thune earlier this year about searching for broad based changes to the tax code.
“We shouldn’t be bound by something that could be interpreted in different ways if, in fact, what we’re trying to accomplish is broad-based tax reform that will lead to greater economic activity, greater economic growth, job creation in this country and, therefore, more government revenue that would help us deal with this deficit issue,” Thune told MSNBC’s Chuck Todd on Wednesday…
“Obviously, there are going to be lots of people who have made pledges in the past on various tax pledges that have been put out there that are probably going to have to revisit those,” he told MSNBC.
Thune said that if “we can generate more government revenue by increasing economic activity out there and creating jobs for people in this country, we’re going to be for that.”
Having recently spent time discussing the idea of a Rounds Senate run with friends, many felt the idea of having a leader with executive experience in DC would offer broad appeal to voters and be a strong asset in a campaign.
But assuming he were to announce his candidacy, he also doesn’t have clear sailing to the nomination just yet:
Rounds said his decision on the 2014 Senate race will not hinge on who else is running or expected to run. That includes Noem, who has been seen as a possible contender for the Senate seat in 2014 provided she turns her favorite status into a re-election win this year in the House race.
Rounds’ early public appearances obviously make Noem’s decision regarding a potential senate run more difficult than her congressional colleague and neighbor to the north Rick Berg’s and indicate to Senator Johnson that he is definitely not getting a free pass in 2014 if he chooses to run for reelection.