From the Rapid City Journal, former Governor Mike Rounds lets potential primary opponents that he’s ready to take on all comers:
Rounds, who is seen by some conservatives as too moderate on taxes and size-of-government issues, argues that his conservative credentials are strong. And he believes the core of Republican conservatives in South Dakota support his campaign.
“The vast majority of conservatives in the South Dakota Republican Party are in our camp right now,” Rounds said during a stop in Rapid City last week.
He refers to some of his critics on the conservative side as “professional dissenters. Their claim to fame is dissention.”
Whatever he calls his critics, Rounds expects to be challenged in the primary by a candidate or candidates who will benefit from outside money attacking the former governor and his record. That will be repeated in the general election, he said.
“We’ll get hit from the special-interests groups,” Rounds said. “We’re prepared for that. And we’re prepared to respond.”