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Mon Oct 8, 2012, 05:32 PM

Republican Senator, Vietnam Veteran Endorses President Obama

Source: Huffington Post

10/08/2012 - 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.



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.




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.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/larry-pressler/larry-pressler-obama_b_1948415.html

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kpete Oct 2012 OP
Kingofalldems Oct 2012 #1
earthside Oct 2012 #2
Swede Atlanta Oct 2012 #3
Bozvotros Oct 2012 #4
AAO Oct 2012 #5
politicasista Oct 2012 #9
War Horse Oct 2012 #6
rebuke Oct 2012 #7
politicasista Oct 2012 #8
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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 05:34 PM

1. Incredible.

Hopefully the lead story on the evening news.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 05:57 PM

2. For all your Repuglican Facebook 'friends'.

This news/opinion article will drive them into a deeper frenzy.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 06:06 PM

3. Take that Zell Miller and Joe the warmonger Lieberman!!!

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 06:19 PM

4. Huge endorsement

Boy, I'd like to post this on every VFW, DAV, Legion website on the web....repeatedly.

One of the best sections:

"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."

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 06:23 PM

5. The contrasts between Romney and President Obama are stark.

 

Neither served in the Military. But one gets the title of "chicken-hawk" because he actively avoided war in his time and now, when a different generation of young people risk their lives, he is all for starting more corporate wars. Wars of choice, not of necessity. Barack Obama, on the other hand, did not avoid war, and he has been serving the people of this country since he got out of college.

Thank you, Senator Pressler, for being a great American, and for all of your service to our county.

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Response to AAO (Reply #5)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 07:38 PM

9. + 1 n/t

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 06:35 PM

6. The choice, for him, is probably between

a 'not-nearly-as-radical-as-the-talking-heads-told-me' sane and intelligent Democrat vs. a GOP that's gone completely haywire.

Several Rs seem to be catching on to that.

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Mon Oct 8, 2012, 06:49 PM

7. I'm not surprised.

More and more people each day are seeing and hearing the lies and distortions of the Right. Just 20 minutes of Fox News, Bill Oreilly, Glen Beck, then 10 minutes of Rush Limbaugh and 10 minutes of any screAM radio talk show hosts and you't have to be an idiot to believe all their tripe. The frugal GOP of the past is gone...thanks to Koch Brothers and their like.

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Mon Oct 8, 2012, 07:41 PM

10. K&R n/t

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