From the outside looking in: MPR covers the first SD Gubernatorial Debate
Democrat Jack Billion says if he's elected he'll stand behind every bill he signs into law.
"I'll sign it because I think it's best for the people of the state of South Dakota and has to become law. Not because I want to see us spending millions of dollars of taxpayer money possibly defending an unconstitutional law," says Billion.
Governor Mike Rounds ignored most of the jabs directed at him. The Republican incumbent had 60 percent support in the most recent polling. He told the gathered farmers that rural economic development in South Dakota is heading in the right direction.
He says ethanol production is one example. There are currently 11 ethanol plants in the state. Five of those are expanding and five more are in different stages of being built.
"Every single one of those plant opportunities provides sustenance for small communities. Provides not only job opportunities but more money coming in for investors," says Rounds. "South Dakota farmers and ranchers have a higher percentage of investment in these type of plants than in any other state in the nation with over 8,000 farm families," he says.
Constitutional Party Candidate Steve Willis and Libertarian Party Candidate Tom Gerber also participated in the DakotaFest debate. Willis and Gerber stuck to introducing themselves and their respective party platforms.