Former governor leans toward U.S. Senate bid, frustrated with Washington
Former South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds says his frustration with Capitol Hill helps him lean towards making a U.S. Senate bid in 2014.
"I'm very frustrated with what's happening in Washington, like a lot of other people," Rounds said. "And when you get frustrated with something like that you can either complain or do something about it, and I'm leaning towards being able to do something more than simply complain about it."
Speculation started to swirl after State Senator Dan Lederman told the Sioux City Journal he expects Rounds to run for Senate in 2014.
Rounds said earlier this year he indicated he would take serious thought into running for Senate, but he has not made a decision. The former governor tells KSFY News he is forming a committee to explore the idea of a senate run, which could be converted into a full senate campaign committee after the 2012 election.
"So really, it's a bookkeeping issue as much as anything else, but it also lets folks know that you haven't committed yet, you haven't made up your mind for sure to do so but you're seriously considering making the run for the United States Senate," Rounds said.
Rounds served two terms as South Dakota's governor from 2003-2011. Before his gubernatorial terms he served in the South Dakota State Legislator. In 1991 he was elected to the state Senate and in 1995 he was chosen to be the Senate Majority Leader.
Rounds said he enjoyed the work his office was able to accomplish during his terms as governor and he misses the opportunity to get out and visit with folks. Although, he says he enjoys the chance to be back in as a business man in South Dakota—something he says Washington needs.
"I love being a business man in South Dakota. It is one of the few states where literally profit is still not a dirty word, where government is here to help rather than get in the way," Rounds said, "and I think some of that common sense probably has to be sent to Washington, D.C."