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Rhoden Will 'Fight For Conservative Principles'

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Former South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds will now have to campaign for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat.

State Senator Larry Rhoden announced his plans to seek the party's bid Wednesday.

In his announcement, he pushed his conservative values as the main reason he deserves to go to Washington.

"Somebody needs to step up to the plate that I believe has the strength and character to really accomplish something in D.C.," Rhoden said.

Larry Rhoden thinks he is the right person for that job. At his announcement Wednesday morning at Falls Parks, Rhoden pushed his conservative values. He says he is pro-life, anti-Obamacare, he favors traditional marriage and a balanced budget.

"We cannot continue to spend more than we make. And it's not a revenue problem, it's a spending problem," Rhoden said.

Rhoden is currently a state senator from Union Center, which is about 45 miles northeast of Sturgis. He was born and raised in South Dakota and says he is ready to step up and serve the state in a bigger role.

"I've listened to South Dakotans very carefully about this Senate race. We want someone who will fight for our conservative principles and our constitutional freedoms," Rhoden said.

Rhoden also recognizes challenges he will face in his race for the Republican bid. He says Rounds has a lead in fundraising and has a definite advantage with name recognition. But Rhoden says those issues will not be a problem.

"I plan on turning that into a positive for me because that's motivation for me to get into all four corners of the state of South Dakota and meet folks and get my message out," Rhoden said

Rhoden is the first Republican to challenge Rounds.

Rick Weiland is also running for the seat, which will be left open when Senator Tim Johnson retires in 2014. Right now, Weiland is the only Democrat in the race.
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