The Loons Are Out Early
- Ex-GOP Senator Pressler to run for his old seat as an independent pro-Obama, anti-debt, anti-war Conservative. Call me crazy, but I am not sure what voter group he is trying to appeal to.
Former South Dakota Senator Republican Larry Pressler, made it official Thursday he will run for his old seat as an independent reports KELO TV.
The 71-year-old Republican, who some in the GOP worry might become a spoiler if his bid gains traction.
Comrade Obama lost South Dakota by 18 percentage points last year and has become increasingly unpopular there reports Politico. Pressler supported Obama in both 2008 and 2012.
|Former GOP Governor Mike Rounds|
is a favorite to win the seat.
“I voted for Obama for conservative reasons,” Pressler told POLITICO in a Tuesday phone interview from Sioux Falls. “I sense that there’s an early effort to identify me before I can identify myself.”
He said he backed Obama because the Democrat promised to bring troops home from overseas and cut the national debt.
“I’ve been disappointed that he’s been taken over by the military-industrial state,” Pressler said of the president. “I shall propose in my announcement speech, if I give it, that we get out of Afghanistan within a year.”
Pressler lost in 1996 to Democrat Tim Johnson, who will retire when his term expires after the 2014 election. Former Republican Gov. Mike Rounds is the heavy favorite to win the Senate seat.
The top Democratic recruits passed on running, and the national party has been slow to rally behind Rick Weiland, a former aide to ex-Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle.
“We feel that if we can obtain 35 to 40 percent of the vote we can win,” Pressler said of the three-way contest.
Pressler, the first Vietnam veteran elected to the Senate, said the U.S. should not be “in a state of constant war.”
|The odds are against Pressler in a strongly Conservative South Dakota.|