Rounds asked Noem for Senate support; Noem demurred

Politico reports that former Gov. Mike Rounds asked potential rival Rep. Kristi Noem to back his Senate bid last year, and Noem declined — at least for now.

Rounds asked Noem for her support when he first announced: “She said, ‘It’s kind of early yet.’ And I said, ‘I understand.’ We left it at that.”

The article also gets Rounds on the record on several hot-button issues.

On abortion: 

“Roe v. Wade is the law of the land,” he said this week. “We live within the decision, but we also test to find out how far the decision can go.”

On same-sex marriage, Rounds said he sympathizes with Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, who switched to favoring gay marriage after his son told him he was gay, but still believes that “marriage is between a man and a woman.”

On immigration, Rounds endorsed a “pragmatic” approach:

“I do not support amnesty just as amnesty, but we have to find a way to address the 11 million people in this country that right now are not paying taxes,” he said. “There’s no question: We have to find a way to get the individuals who are here illegally today to begin paying taxes in this country or if they’re not going to pay taxes then they can’t be here.”

Read the entire article here. (H/T Pat Powers)