Former Republican Senator Endorses Obama
Former South Dakota Senator Larry Pressler, a Vietnam veteran, has endorsed the president for reelection.
As a Vietnam vet, one of the reasons I support President Obama is because he has consistently shown he understands that our commitment to our servicemen and women may begin when they put on their uniform, but that it must never end.
This decision is not easy for any lifelong Republican. In 2008 I voted for Barack Obama, the first time I ever voted for a Democrat, because the Republican Party was drifting toward a dangerous path that put extreme party ideology above national interest. Mitt Romney heads a party remaining on that dangerous path, proving the emptiness of their praise as they abandon our service members, veterans and military families along the way.
What really set me off was Romney’s reference to 47% of Americans to be written off — including any veteran collecting disability like myself, as a post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) veteran.