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Noem To Vote For Trump, Hawks For Clinton

Kealey Bultena
SD State Rep. Paula Hawks (D) and Congresswoman Krist Noem (R) prepare for a debate with moderator Jack Marsh. The Sioux Falls Downtown Rotary Club hosted the forum. / October 10, 2016

Congresswoman Kristi Noem says she’s voting to elect Donald Trump for president. The Republican revealed her continued support for Trump in Monday’s debate against Democratic challenger Paula Hawks.

Two women who want to represent South Dakota in the US House of Representatives faced off just hours after a presidential debate and days after damaging recordings exposed vulgar language from Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump.

Democrat Paula Hawks is running for South Dakota’s only seat in the United States House. She says nothing in her philosophy aligns with Trump.

"I see statements that are being made that if my son made he would get his mouth washed out with soap. I don’t want my daughters growing up in a country where that’s acceptable and where they should be told, ‘You’d look better on your knees,'" Hawks says. "I think that that’s an unacceptable attitude for a person who wants to lead this country."

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Challenger Paula Hawks (D) answers a question while Congresswoman Kristi Noem (R) and moderator Jack Marsh listen. / October 10, 2016

Hawks says she doesn’t completely agree with presidential candidate Hillary Clinton but says the Democrat gets her vote.

Republican Congresswoman Kristi Noem says she sees nothing where she and Clinton agree. Noem calls Trump’s statements horrific but says that she’ll cast a ballot in his favor.

"Now we’ve shown Donald Trump many of the bills that the House Republicans have put forward. My tax reform proposal? He’s looked at. He’s looked at the REINS Act, which said these agencies can’t put forward major regulations until they come to Congress first. He has said, ‘I will sign those,’ So if Hillary Clinton ends up being president, boy am I going to be a check and balance to her administration. If Donald Trump gets elected president, I’m going to send him conservative legislation that he can sign into law," Noem says.

Republicans United States Senator John Thune and South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard used social media over the weekend to call for Trump to resign the nomination.

Noem and Hawks debated in a forum hosted by the Sioux Falls Downtown Rotary club. Hear what the US House candidates each want in the next president of the United States and the tone of the debate on Dakota Midday. That's Tuesday at 12 p.m. central/11 a.m. mountain.

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Sioux Falls Downtown Rotary Club / October 10, 2016

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