West River House debate set for Oct. 12

2012-09-15T05:30:00Z West River House debate set for Oct. 12Ryan Lengerich Journal staff Rapid City Journal
September 15, 2012 5:30 am  • 

The only West River debate between Republican U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem and Democratic challenger Matt Varilek will be Oct. 12 in Rapid City.

The event, hosted by the Rapid City Journal, will start at noon at the University Center, 4300 Cheyenne Blvd. 

The Journal will broadcast the debate live online at rapidcityjournal.com and will host a live web chat.

"I commend both candidates for realizing how important it is for western South Dakota voters to have this opportunity," Journal publisher Shannon Brinker said. "This will give us the chance to hear where Noem and Varilek stand on the issues that are important to us. I urge our readers to attend the debate or to view it via live stream on our website."

It will be the second of four agreed-upon debates unless others are added. The two opponents met Aug. 22 at Dakotafest in a debate that centered on agricultural issues.

There were seven debates during Noem's successful challenge of incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin in 2010. But the only debate scheduled for West River was canceled when Noem said she had a conflict.

Varilek campaign manager David Benson said his candidate will not approach a West River debate any differently than in another part of the state.

"I think, certainly with this election cycle, the fact is this race is going to be a referendum on Noem's record in Washington," Benson said. "The issues that will come up deal with South Dakotans all across the state."

Noem campaign manager Tom Erickson said he is excited his candidate has the opportunity to bring her message to western South Dakota but it doesn't change the focus.

"At the end of the day, the core issues that matter are the same on both sides of the state," Erickson said. "That is going to be spending and, really, the direction this country is going."

The other two debates will be held Oct. 18 and Nov. 2.

Contact Ryan Lengerich at 394-8418 or ryan.lengerich@rapidcityjournal.com.

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  1. Buldog
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    Buldog - September 17, 2012 8:49 am
    According to a CNN/ORC International poll released Thursday, a plurality of registered voters say they're not better off than they were 4 years ago. But 57% of them continue to blame former President George W. Bush and Republicans for the country's economic problems, guess you are in the minority as usual.

  2. Potatoes Browning
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    Potatoes Browning - September 16, 2012 9:48 pm
    All the things you complain about go right back to your boy Busch and now you want to put the same bunch of clowns who are responsible for tanking the economy back on the throne...NOT going to happen Dude....Mitt is in touch with the super rich and that's about it.....all you righties have hoped from day one that Obama would fail...he hasn't...and now you are bitter....get ready for a landslide...
  3. Bobbie
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    Bobbie - September 16, 2012 6:54 am
    Dude Pot Brown196 what car did you buy for $1400.00 in the 60's? Must of been some cheap foreign job. Oh sorry did I say foreign job?
  4. rcsdlakota
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    rcsdlakota - September 15, 2012 7:17 pm
    Varilek you have my vote. We need to unseat Noem this election, she doesn't belong in this office whatsoever. I'm surprised she's agreeing to come West River this time, oh she has time for us now, ok.

    GO VARILEK!!!!
  5. Bobbie
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    Bobbie - September 15, 2012 7:11 pm
    Welcome back Pot Brown. But I was responding to ZAR's post. Maybe you should fucus. Or maybe you, like your roommate Buldodge, want to approve all others post.
    But look around you. Prices are up. The economy is in the tank. Unemployment is up. But you leftist still think Obama has a chance to get re-elected. Well you keep hoping and maybe someday you will see that Obama's Hope and Change have turned into Hopless and Yes we do need a Change. A Change if presidents. And it will happen on November 6th.
  6. Potatoes Browning
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    Potatoes Browning - September 15, 2012 5:18 pm
    Dude...in the 60's i bought a new car for $1400.00. Have to love the numbers you right wingers come up with, and as to massive deficit spending your GOP's starting with Raygun are WAY ahead of Obama...CHECK IT OUT!!!
  7. Potatoes Browning
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    Potatoes Browning - September 15, 2012 5:15 pm
    Again Bob...focus Dude...the article is NOT about Obama, but since you brought it up, how has he taken us into being a third world country.
  8. Bobbie
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    Bobbie - September 15, 2012 4:27 pm
    ZAR now do you see how far Obama has taken us into being a third world country? Or you still saying Obama deserves 4 more gruling years?
  9. Potatoes Browning
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    Potatoes Browning - September 15, 2012 3:03 pm
    I can just hear the questions now...."Matt, how would you fix the economy, end the war and bring South Dakota to first place in teacher pay." "Kristy....what kind of critters do you think would look cutest in the big C-ment pond by the Washington Monument? "
  10. Obtuseangler
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    Obtuseangler - September 15, 2012 1:20 pm
    As I understand it, Mr. Varilek is a protege of Senator Johnson. If you want more "spreading the wealth around" for the sake of vote purchasing, please support Mr. Varilek.

    ZAR, in the late sixties my father made half the income the man you refer to above does, and my mother didn't work and we were not on assistance. In fact, that was a decent middle class income at the time. $12,000 a year. Massive deficit spending, and the accompanying devaluation of the dollar, are the enemies of the working class. Supporting statists will only make the situation much worse. BTW, you are probably correct. "Steph", as you refer to her, probably doesn't need to do a thing in order to carry the vote in West River.
  11. ZAR
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    ZAR - September 15, 2012 6:40 am
    One debate West River, you really don't need any do you Steph, can I call you steph?

    I have spoken with my neighbors and they are Staunch Republicans, and vote that way!
    The fact is I have a couple living next door with 3 little children under 7, he makes a whopping $12:00 an hour after 4 years on the job and has no benefits, she pulls down minimum wage for 20- to 30 hours a week and of course has no benefits.
    They confess conservative values AND VOTE THAT WAY , and God Bless them, they have three of the most polite , and sweet little young ladies that God has put on this earth.
    Of course with their low incomes their girls are on title 19, they get food stamps, they get heating assistance, and of course the $ 15000.000 tax return.
    These are hardworking folks, with a solid South Dakota work ethic. And yet they are forced to take unwanted but nesesary aid to feed and house their family! MAYBE THIS SHOULD BE THE PLATFORM OF THE RELIGUOS RIGHT!
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