Sioux Falls, S.D. (KELO AM) – Serving one’s country is a calling many get and very few answer. Senate Candidate Larry Rhoden, from Union Center, S.D. is going to try to answer his call with a run for the U.S. Senate. Rhoden will be challenging former Gov. Mike Rounds as the Republican nomination to fill the seat now held by Democrat Tim Johnson.
“My wife and I have been discussing this for over a year now and I feel I am uniquely qualified to represent South Dakota at the national level,” said Rhoden. “To throw your hat into the ring isn’t an easy thing, but I am willing to make the sacrifice and I have a backbone to step up to the plate in Washington D.C.”
Rhoden said he is going into this with his eyes wide open. People are of the mindset that nothing will ever change, and with my experience in the legislature things can change, and all it takes is a willingness to do so. He said he had a lot of success in bringing people together, building coalitions and being hard-nosed to move an agenda forward. Coupling that with conservative values, backbone and a willingness to stand up for what you believe, that’s what it takes.
“My first priority is the 17-trillion dollar debt we are piling up with nothing in sight to stem that tide,” said Rhoden. “We have a congress that isn’t even interested in presenting a budget and the further we get into Obama Care, shows the pile getting even bigger. Those two issues alone are symptoms of a government running out of control.”
Rhoden said that President Obama has made some broad sweeping statements and has unleashed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) -- a rabid dog and he wants to put it on steroids. This is an example of what is wrong when the EPA can legislate through regulation and there is no effort to stem that. It’s time to take the reins back from the EPA and put them back under the control of Congress.
Rhoden supports the work of Sen. John Thune and Rep. Kristi Noem on their work with the Farm Bill. He said they have had a full plate in moving it forward and have a lot to overcome to bring the Senate and the House together considering the undertow of what is encompassed.
“I am running for this office based on my experience and feel in my heart that I can make a difference,” said Rhoden. “I know that Mike Rounds is running for that office and I know it isn’t going to be a cake walk. Mike has a huge head start in the race and he has been raising money and I need to start organizing a campaign and getting out to meet people.”
Rhoden said the people from South Dakota are rock solid and good people. Rhoden encouraged those seeking more information to contact him via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.