SD U.S. Senate Candidates On Shutdown
by Rachel Skytta, Reporter
October 04, 2013 5:56 PM
Everyday American citizens aren't the only ones growing restless as the government shutdown continues. South Dakota politicians are sounding off on their frustrations with the current situation in Washington D.C.
"Irresponsible, reckless, and obviously unfortunate," said Democratic candidate Rick Weiland.
Several South Dakota Senatorial candidates say they're disgusted by the situation in Washington.
"It should never have come to this," said Republican candidate, former S.D. Governor, Mike Rounds.
As day four of the government shutdown wraps up, members of both parties are growing increasingly frustrated.
"There has to be compromise on both ends to get some results," said Rounds.
Weiland and Republican candidate Stace Nelson used similar terms to describe the actions of Congress.
"For a small band of disconnected extreme members of the House to be holding the country hostage, I just don't think that's the way you run the government, or run the country," said Weiland.
"There's no reason why our country, our government should be shut down, holding the country hostage over Obamacare," said Nelson.
There's plenty of blame that could be thrown around by both parties. But candidates agree there is a sense of urgency before the federal debt default deadline is reached.
"If Democrats and Republicans can sit down and agree that they're going to reduce the deficit somplace, somehow, so that we at least make some progress, then I think there's a reason to have hope that they will come up with an agreement before the default deadline," said Rounds.
A deadline that is less than two weeks away.
"There will be plenty of opportunities once we get the government back up and running to do what I think needs to happen, which is work across the aisle. Try to come to some compromise," said Weiland.
Compromise is something candidates from both parties seem to agree is essential to solving the shutdown situation.