Candidate Profile
Mike Rounds

Republican , South Dakota

Biography

Panel Rating

Conservative

Scorecards

Conservative Organizations

American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), 2017-18:  100%
Concerned Women for America (CWA), 2020:  100%
Faith and Freedom Coalition (FFC), 2017-18:  100%, 100% (cum.)
FRC Action, 2018:  100%
National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), 2017-2018:  100%
National Right to Life, 2019-20:  100%
Susan B. Anthony List (SBA), 2020:  A
American Energy Alliance (AEA), 2019-20:  94%
Center for Security Policy, 2015-16:  93%
Campaign for Working Families PAC, 2017-18:  89%
National Taxpayers Union, 2017-18:  B+
National Tax-Limitation Committee (NTLC), 2017-18:  79%
American Conservative Union (ACU), 2018:  71%, 74% (cum.)
American Family Association (AFA), 2017-18:  67%
Club for Growth, 2018:  53%, 63% (cum.)
NumbersUSA, 2019:  52%, 59% (cum.)
Heritage Action, 2019-20:  67%, 57% (cum.)
Eagle Forum, 2015-16:  56%
Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), 2018:  50%
FreedomWorks, 2019:  29%, 50% (cum.)
Gun Owners of America (GOA), 2017-18:  50%
John Birch Society (same as Freedom Index), 2018:  47% (cum.)
Freedom Index, 2019:  46% (cum.)
Conservative Review (CR), 2019:  33% (cum.)

75%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Liberal Organizations

American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), 2018:  67%
Outdoor Industry Association PAC, 2018:  C
National Religious Campaign Against Torture Action Fund (NRCAT), 2018:  33%
Foreign Policy for America, 2019:  15%
Alliance for Retired Americans, 2018:  30%, 13% (cum.)
American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), 2017:  0%, 9% (cum.)
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), 2017-18:  9%
Common Cause, 2017-18:  7%
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 2018:  5%
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), 2017:  0%, 4% (cum.)
League of Conservation Voters (LCV), 2018:  7%, 3% (cum.)
Americans for Democratic Action (ADA), 2017:  0%
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), 2017-18:  0%
Human Rights Campaign, 2017-18:  0%
International Brotherhood of Teamsters, 2017-18:  0%
NARAL Pro-Choice America (NARAL), 2018:  0%
National Education Association (NEA), 2017-18:  0%
National Iranian American Council (NIAC), 2018:  0%
Planned Parenthood, 2019:  0% (cum.)
Population Connection Action Fund, 2018:  0%
Progressive Punch, 2019:  F
Washington Report on Middle East Affairs (WRMEA), 2017-18:  0%

10%

LIBERAL AVERAGE

Endorsements

Conservatives

1
National Right To Life

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
4
John Thune (2006), Mike Huckabee (2015), State Republican Party Organizations (2017), WinRed (2019)
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
92
21st Century Majority Fund (2019), American Future Fund (2014), American Legacy PAC (2014), American Principles (2014), Arkansas for Leadership PAC (2019), Believe in America PAC (2019) and 86 more

Liberal

RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
6
Airline Pilots Association (2019), American Wind Energy Association (2016), International Association of Firefighters (includes national, state & local affiliates) (2019), Larry Pressler (2019), National Air Traffic Controllers Association (2019), Paul Singer (2019)

Summary

6%

LIBERAL

94%

CONSERVATIVE

 

Other Information

One of the Republicans who voted for the 2018 Omnibus Spending package on March 23, 2018. The vehicle for the roll call vote was H.R. 1625. The package included continued funding for Planned Parenthood and sanctuary cities, no funding for new border wall construction, and no funding for Veterans Affairs reforms.

Questionnaire

Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Right to Life

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

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iVoterGuide Note:  "I believe that life begins at conception and all life has value."  Source

Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive taxpayer funds or grants from federal, state, or local governments.

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iVoterGuide Note:  Rounds does not support "South Dakota government funding [being] provided to clinics and medical facilities that provide abortion services".  Source

I support the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which requires health care providers to provide life-saving treatment for infants who survive an attempted abortion.

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iVoterGuide Note:  Rounds supports the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act and says that "no baby that is born should ever be left to die".  Source

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

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iVoterGuide Note:  Rounds supports legislation that bans abortion while only performing an abortion when "the procedure was necessary to save the woman's life".  Source


Economy

It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has a livable income.

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iVoterGuide Note:  Rounds does not support government control of healthcare, but believes that Obamacare "should be replaced with a market-based solution that keeps Americans in control of their health care".  Source

Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

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How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

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What government spending would you reduce in order to balance the budget?

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iVoterGuide Note:  "I support a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution requiring the government to balance its books. I also believe lawmakers should follow the law and pass an annual budget in an open and transparent amendment process."  Source

Under what circumstances should taxpayers help pay off existing student loans?

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iVoterGuide Note:  Rounds supports taxpayer contribution in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness federal program.  Source


Religious Liberty

Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.

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iVoterGuide Note:  Rounds cosponsored the First Amendment Defense Act, which does not allow for the government to discriminate against individuals because of religious beliefs regarding marriage.  Source

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

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iVoterGuide Note:  "Freedom to practice religion without the fear of persecution is a fundamental human right and a pillar of our form of government in the United States. Americans must continue fighting to protect religious freedom until it is recognized as a basic human right everywhere."  Source

I promise to protect the freedom of Christians to share the Gospel and to practice Biblical principles.

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What does "separation of church and state" mean to you?

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Healthcare

It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has health insurance.

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I support the elimination of private healthcare insurance.

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How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

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iVoterGuide Note:  "I'm working to find legislative approaches that incentivize [pharmaceutical] companies to lower their prices and produce safe, effective products while at the same time allow the U.S. to continue leading the way in research and development for new life-saving medicines. I cosponsored the CREATES Act again this Congress, bipartisan legislation that seeks to enhance competition in the prescription drug market by fast-tracking the approval process for generic drugs." Rounds has worked towards "addressing the rising costs of prescription drugs, incentivizing primary care and preventative care, and increasing transparency".  Source


National Security

The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.

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iVoterGuide Note:  Rounds agrees with the "peace through strength" philosophy for the military.  Source

What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?

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iVoterGuide Note:  Rounds supports Trump's decision to order airstrikes to kill Soleimani.  Source


Immigration

I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.

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iVoterGuide Note:  Rounds helped to reintroduce the WALL Act, which would "fully fund the border wall along the southern border".  Source

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) should be abolished.

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iVoterGuide Note:  Rounds supports ICE.  Source

State and federal funds should be denied to any public or private entity, including but not limited to sanctuary cities, that are not in compliance with immigration laws.

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iVoterGuide Note:  Rounds supports legislation to "stop greenlighting driver licenses for illegal immigrants" which also includes blocking funds from sanctuary cities that do not enforce the law.  Source

Employers should be required to use E-verify to confirm the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States.

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Who should be allowed to immigrate to the U.S. and under what circumstances?

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Education

Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

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Values

Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which is necessary for our system of limited government.

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I support adding sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as protected classes in non-discrimination laws.

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Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

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iVoterGuide Note:  Catholic  Source


Qualifications

When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?

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Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.

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Have you ever been convicted of a felony or been penalized for sexual misconduct? If so, please explain.

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Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

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Criminal Justice

Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.

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2nd Amendment

What restrictions on gun ownership are needed to protect public safety?

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iVoterGuide Note:  "I am a strong supporter of second amendment rights with a proven record of standing up for gun owners. I'm against any additional regulations that restrict individual, law-abiding citizens from owning and using firearms."  Source


Other Important Issues

I support BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanction) against Israel if they refuse to allow the creation of a Palestinian state.

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iVoterGuide Note:  Rounds does not support BDS.  Source

I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

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iVoterGuide Note:  Rounds does not support legalizing marijuana for recreational use.  Source

Reparations should be given to people on the basis of race.

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The Electoral College should be abolished.

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In priority order, what three areas of legislation do you propose to author or sponsor if elected?

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Is racism a threat to domestic security in the United States? Why or why not?

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