A Republican candidate for U.S. Senate is responding to the joint presser held yesterday by Democrat Rick Weiland and Republican Stace Nelson.
Weiland and Nelson appeared together in Sioux Falls to criticize frontrunner Mike Rounds for spending so much time out of state raising money from Washington D.C. lobbyists.
That has brought a strong response from Republican Jason Ravnsborg, who said the two appear to "favor restrictions of our First Amendment rights".
Ravnsborg's full response appears in the news release below...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 7, 2014
CONTACT: Tim Bormann
JASON RAVNSBORG COMMENTS ON MONDAYS
JOINT PRESS CONFERENCE
Yankton, SDRepublican United States Senate Candidate Jason Ravnsborg attended the joint press conferenceheld by two of the candidates for the United States Senate today in Sioux Falls.
I was surprised that both gentlemen seemed to favor more regulation and also favor restrictions of our FirstAmendment rights, said Ravnsborg. While this is understandable from a liberal Democrat, it was surprising fromthe self-proclaimed most conservative elected Republican in the state. These are not the conservative ideals Ihave ever supported and I do not, and will not support these ideals in the future.
Ravnsborg continued, I believe in the conservative principles of less government involvement and the rights of allcitizens to enter their ideas into the arena of political discourse. I entered this race to foster the discussion of theissues and I am constantly seeking to determine where all the candidates stand on the issues.
Both candidates discussed the recent United States Supreme Court decision of McCutcheon et al v. FEC, No.12-536 (2014), wherein the Court found, on First Amendment grounds, that Mr. McCutcheon should be allowedto make contributions to as many candidates as he wished while maintaining the limits that are currently in placeregarding limits on campaign contributions.
I have reviewed the decision and I believe the United States Supreme Court correctly decided this case, and Ibelieve all citizens should be allowed to contribute to as many candidates as they can afford and desire, saidRavnsborg.
In reference to discussion about the roles of in-state versus out-of-state contributions in this senate race Ravnsborg stated, If my opponents would seek to change the law I believe they owe the voters an explanationon how they would do so, not just say they are against it.
Continuing with that train of thought, Ravnsborg explained further, We need to start solving problems in thiscountry, not simply just saying no and then not offering any solutions. For example, I am for the repeal ofObamacare, but I support its replacement by the Patient CARE Act. I am for balancing the federal budgetthrough the lowering of corporate taxes and reducing spending via the Penny Plan.
I encourage everyone to research these issues and plans and, more importantly, ask all candidates for theirsolutions to the problems facing our nation, whether it is campaign financing, the budget, healthcare, or any othertopic. Ask for their solutions, not simply if they are against something.