Gov. Noem asks for an additional, earlier debate to be held in SD
PIERRE, S.D. — On Saturday, Governor Kristi Noem posted to Twitter saying South Dakota is open for a presidential debate.
Attached to the tweet was an image of a letter addressed to the Commission of Presidential Debates signed by Gov. Noem, along with Senator John Thune, Senator Mike Rounds, and Congressman Dusty Johnson.
The letter to the members of the commission requests an additional, earlier debate be held in South Dakota this September to give voters a chance to hear each candidate’s platforms firsthand, as the first debate isn’t to be held until September 29 – 11 days after South Dakota voters will have already started voting.
South Dakota is open for a presidential #debate.
Debates are a critical part of the election process. The American people deserve the opportunity to contrast the candidates’ positions and intellect in an unscripted setting. pic.twitter.com/SReTRJWTt9
— Kristi Noem (@KristiNoem) August 8, 2020
“South Dakotans who vote early deserve the same opportunity afforded to voters in other states, which is to hear the two competing visions for our country and make a well-informed decision when casting their vote at the ballot box – especially when one candidate has spent the duration of the campaign avoiding voters and questions from the press,” states the letter.
The main concern stated in the letter is that Gov. Noem, Sen. Thune, Sen. Rounds, and Rep. Johnson want a fair chance for voters in the upcoming election.