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10-09-2012 03:45 PM  6 years agoPost 1
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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/larry..._b_1948415.html

As a combat veteran of two tours in Vietnam with twenty-two years of service as a Republican member of the U.S. House and Senate, I endorse President Barack Obama for a second term as our Commander-in-Chief. Candidates publicly praise our service members, veterans and their families, but President Obama supports them in word and deed, anywhere and every time.

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.

Behind closed doors with his donors, Romney made clear he'd write off half of America -- including service members and veterans -- because, as he said "I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility for their lives." But there's no greater personal responsibility than to wear your country's uniform and defend the rights we all enjoy as Americans. We don't sow division between "us" versus "them." The Commander-in-Chief sets the bar for all to follow and fight for the entire country. Mitt Romney fails that test. As a veteran I feel written off.

Just as revealing is what Romney actually says publicly. As a former Foreign Service Officer, I find it offensive that Romney, Congressman Paul Ryan and their Republican Party are politicizing the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other brave Americans who lost their lives in Libya. Being Commander-in-Chief requires a resolve and steadiness that's immune to politics and fear mongering. Mitt Romney fails that test.

And along with high-profile Republican surrogates, Romney and Ryan are pandering to election-year politics rather than focusing on pending cuts to military spending. Strategy should drive our military priorities, not party purity.

We are a nation at war -- the longest war in our nation's history -- and we must remember the sacrifice that so many have given for the protection of our country and our values. That's why it's so surprising that Republican nominee Mitt Romney has given five speeches on foreign policy -- and will be giving another one today -- and has yet to outline any plan to end the war in Afghanistan or bring our troops home. That's unacceptable for anyone running to be Commander-in-Chief.

President Obama ended one war, is ending another and meeting our national security needs with support of our military leaders. He's laid out a clear plan that would reduce the deficit and prevent the mandatory military spending cuts that no one wants. But today's Republican Party, including Ryan who voted for the deal that would trigger the cuts, is willing to bring our country's defenses to the fiscal cliff -- just so a multimillionaire doesn't have to pay a single extra penny in taxes. And the real lack of leadership? Failing to own up to your role in racking up a record debt from two unpaid wars and two massive unpaid for tax cuts. Mitt Romney leads the party that fails this leadership test.

And as former member of the U.S. Senate Budget Committee, the Senate Finance Committee and Chairman of the then Commerce Committee, I came to know the federal budget in detail. I'm disappointed that just as our troops are returning home after a decade of war, Romney and Ryan might gut by up to 20 percent investments in the Department of Veterans Affairs -- and even suggest privatizing the veterans' health care. Again, they would short change our national security and the education, health care and employment benefits our veterans have earned and deserve just to cut taxes for the wealthiest Americans.

Let's be clear, Romney and Ryan would be disastrous for America's service members, veterans and military families. Public praise rings hollow when you fail to mention an ongoing war in accepting your party's nomination to be president, or veterans in a speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, a so-called jobs plan or in a budget that should be a blue print of our nation's values.

Meanwhile President Obama recognizes our sacred trust with those who serve starts when they take their oath and never ends. He's enacted tax credits to spur businesses to hire unemployed veterans and wounded warriors. He implemented and improved the post-9/11 GI Bill, the largest investment in veterans education since the original GI Bill over sixty years ago. He's proposing a Veterans Jobs Corps that would put returning service members to work as police officers, firefighters and first responders. As part of his achievable plan to keep moving our country forward, the President would use half the savings from ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to help pay down our debt and invest in nation building here at home, putting Americans back to work -- including our veterans -- fixing our roadways and runways, bridges and schools.

And something that hits close to home, President Obama also secured the largest increase in VA investments in decades so our veterans get the care and benefits they earned, like treatment for PTSD and traumatic brain injury. As someone with service-related PTSD, I meet with younger veterans weekly to help them through the treatment and transition to a productive civilian life. It makes a difference for them knowing their President has their back.

That's the difference in this election. In word and deed anywhere and every time, President Obama never forgets that standing by those who serve is the heart, soul and core value of this country. As a life-long Republican, I stand by him as he stands by all of us, putting national allegiance ahead of party affiliation. I endorse President Obama for reelection in 2012.

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Seems there are still a few smart republicans left.

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10-09-2012 03:55 PM  6 years agoPost 2
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The article does not even have the name of the senator.

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10-09-2012 04:04 PM  6 years agoPost 3
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It's only going to get Stupider or Dum - mer or what ever :

Next will be Sea Monster's or UFO's - Dr. Suez z or What ever they can create.

Nonsense is Blatant across the board's - a Definite Intention

Scarey to wonder if some or how many are falling into it

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10-09-2012 04:05 PM  6 years agoPost 4
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It must be that same super secret reliable source that said Romney paid no taxes for 10 years....

Just remember -- if the world didn't suck, we would fall off.

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10-09-2012 04:14 PM  6 years agoPost 5
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Larry Pressler,Repub Senator,nice CV.

Team- unbiased opinion.K.I.S.S principle upheld here

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10-09-2012 04:16 PM  6 years agoPost 6
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I talked to an ex Martian ( illegal immigrant!) that is currently serving in AL Quaeda and he endorses Obama also!
His unicorn is going to vote for the Bummer too!

Anything is possible if you don't know what you are talking about!

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10-09-2012 05:22 PM  6 years agoPost 7
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The article does not even have the name of the senator.
Take a millisecond out of your busy schedule to click on the link. You could have found out his name, and seen the original source, a thousand times faster than it took to type your vacuous remark.

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10-09-2012 05:25 PM  6 years agoPost 8
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http://www.uncoveredpolitics.com/20...larry-pressler/

Did not realize he authored the article. Either way if you read the this link, he appears to be a Rhino and has worked for Obummer for the last four years.

I would say he is a big attention whore at best.

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10-09-2012 05:32 PM  6 years agoPost 9
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Yes, that would be easier than reading his article and thinking about what he has to say in light of his military and public service. He supports a President that you vilify, so he must be dismissed out of hand.

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10-09-2012 05:35 PM  6 years agoPost 10
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he is not a true republican because the fact is over 60% of America agrees with what Romney said because it is true.
IF that is the only reason to vote for a muslim then he can go,we dont need his one vote when Romney is going to win by a landslide.
Good riddance.

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10-09-2012 05:48 PM  6 years agoPost 11
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Yes, that would be easier than reading his article and thinking about what he has to say in light of his military and public service. He supports a President that you vilify, so he must be dismissed out of hand.
Its the same thing as a hard lefty voting for the Romney.

Something is wrong upstairs.

Accept, for a repub voting for the obummer, that man not only has something loose upstairs, he's far form normal. He's obviously one of those rhino's thats a democritter trying to be a cool republican. Its about as far from conservative as you can get.

Liberty once lost, is lost forever.

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10-09-2012 05:49 PM  6 years agoPost 12
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He supports a President that you vilify, so he must be dismissed out of hand.
Correct. You are also guilty in that everyone who DOESN'T support Obama is villified and dismissed out of hand you hypocrite.

Stupidity can be cured. Ignorance is for life!

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10-09-2012 05:52 PM  6 years agoPost 13
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Yes,that would be easier than reading his article and thinking about what he has to say in light of his military and public service. He supports a President that you vilify,so he must be dismissed out of hand.
I did read his article and disagree with him. I have many friends and colleagues that are currently serving and they also disagree with what Larry Pressler has to say. I would take their word over a politicians any day.

My point is he is not a conservative and therefor you will not gain any support from me on this pointless thread.

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10-09-2012 06:03 PM  6 years agoPost 14
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You are also guilty in that everyone who DOESN'T support Obama is villified and dismissed out of hand you hypocrite.
I only dismiss people out of hand who have demonstrated a poor grasp of facts or reality and whose opinions are based on nothing other than sheer fantasy.

For instance, anyone who thinks Obama is not an American, is a Muslim, a socialist, hates America and so on, is so out of touch with reality and lost in their own dogma that any kind of discourse is impossible. I only post here on the off chance that some people who read this forum actually care about what is true and what is not. I have no issues with people who dislike Obama, who do not support him, and will not vote for him. I do have a large issue with people who base those opinions on sheer fantasy.

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10-09-2012 06:26 PM  6 years agoPost 15
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SSN Pru
Correct. You are also guilty in that everyone who DOESN'T support Obama is villified and dismissed out of hand you hypocrite.
Well said!

Pressler's just a rogue Republican and nothing more.

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10-09-2012 06:33 PM  6 years agoPost 16
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For instance, anyone who thinks Obama is not an American, is a Muslim, a socialist, hates America and so on, is so out of touch with reality and lost in their own dogma that any kind of discourse is impossible. I only post here on the off chance that some people who read this forum actually care about what is true and what is not. I have no issues with people who dislike Obama, who do not support him, and will not vote for him. I do have a large issue with people who base those opinions on sheer fantasy.
$6 trillion in additional debt in less than 4 years is not a fantasy.

Thats reality that our children and their children are going to be subjected to hyper taxes to pay for the foolishness, corruption and out of control spending of today.

Liberty once lost, is lost forever.

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10-09-2012 06:59 PM  6 years agoPost 17
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Once again, you stop short of actually understanding the how and why of debt in the interest of supporting your preconceived ideas.

This may help (but probably not):

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10-09-2012 07:05 PM  6 years agoPost 18
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OMG, it's Bushes falt

that's it, you changed my mind, I'm going to vote for Obama

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NOT

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10-09-2012 07:25 PM  6 years agoPost 19
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Once again, you stop short of actually understanding the how and why of debt in the interest of supporting your preconceived ideas.

This may help (but probably not):
Of course it won't.

Here's why.

The Bush tax cuts (still in affect today) are responsible for the single highest increase in tax revenues to the federal government in US history during the Bush years because those tax cuts kept more money in the private sector which allowed for more spending and investment in the private sector which led to more tax revenues.

Once again, proving that cutting taxes leads to more tax revenues. Not less tax revenues.

Also, this lefty notion that "cutting taxes must be paid for" is silly, stupid and irresponsible. If the theory that "tax cuts" must be "paid for", the only way "tax cuts" can be "paid for" is to cut spending. Its not like they bought a toaster at a local hardware store, found it defective and returned it for a refund. Geez.

Liberty once lost, is lost forever.

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10-09-2012 07:45 PM  6 years agoPost 20
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