If Mike Rounds decides not to conduct TV debates, he would be the first candidate in over 10 years to refuse participation in a TV debate, according to Bob Bosse, Television Director for South Dakota Public Broadcasting. It would be a stunning act of entitlement if Mike Rounds refused to debate his opponents for the open US Senate seat.
For open seats in statewide offices, South Dakotans have been given many opportunities to see candidates debate side by side. In the 2010 general election for the open Governor’s seat, Republican nominee Dennis Daugaard debated Democratic nominee Scott Heidepriem 15 times
. South Dakotans should expect at least that many debates for the first open US Senate seat in over a generation, according to Crago:”Today, I’m calling on Mike Rounds to commit to 15 debates – just like Dennis Daugaard and Scott Heidepriem did in the open Governor’s race in 2010. This is the first open US Senate seat in South Dakota since 1978. South Dakota voters deserve to see the US Senate candidates side by side. Mike Rounds owes it to voters to debate the issues.”