- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 17, 2017

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem is declining to sign Attorney General Marty Jackley’s proposed clean campaign pledge in South Dakota’s Republican gubernatorial primary.

Noem said Tuesday that she’s not interested in “campaign PR stunts.” Noem says she’s pledging to residents to take on tough tasks in Pierre to improve South Dakota.

Jackley had earlier challenged Noem to agree to the deal. Jackley says he thinks the campaign should be about the candidates’ experience and vision to move South Dakota forward instead of “mudslinging and name-calling.”

The pledge would have required the candidates to promise to conduct a factual and honest campaign. It also included a pledge that the candidates wouldn’t engage in or condone negative or misleading attacks against the other, among other provisions.

The primary election is in June 2018.

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