Former Republican lawmaker, a combat veteran of Vietnam, endorses Obama and blasts Romney


The photos and message above, which have been gaining wide circulation on the Internet in the past few days, are based on THIS COLUMN written by former U.S. Sen. Larry Pressler, a South Dakota Republican, in the Huffington Post:

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.



  1. The term RHINO gets thrown around a bit carelessly, especially by the far right. But in this case it accurately applies. Pressler also endorsed Obama 4 years ago. It makes you wonder why Pressler still considers himself a Republican if he wants to continue the same failed policies of the past 4 years.

  2. Maybe you should check with the 66% of active military men and woman that won’t be voting for him. It’s obvious Mr. Pressler suffered a severe brain injury while he was serving.

  3. neal, who seems likely to vote for a chickenhawk for president, wants us to believe that Larry Pressler has a brain problem.

    That’s the same Larry Pressler who’s a member of the American Rhodes Scholars Association, the same Larry Pressler whose service in Vietnam earned him the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation with one Oak Leaf Cluster, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with four Bronze Service Stars, Vietnam Campaign Ribbon with Device, Overseas Service Bars, and Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm Unit Citation Badge.

    Oh, and while Larry Pressler was serving in Vietnam, Mitt Romney was hiding out in France, avoiding service in a war he claimed to support. People like that are called chickenhawks.

    The brain problem is yours, neal, not Larry Pressler’s.

  4. I guess when you find one veteran (other than the swift boat coward and traitor) that supports Obama you have to make the most of it.

  5. What a piece of work you are, neal.

    You apparently have a habit of disparaging Vietnam veterans (Larry Pressler and John Kerry) while extolling the chickenhawks (Mitt Romney and George W. Bush) who didn’t have the cajones to serve in a war they claimed to support.

    Yeah, you’re a real patriot.

  6. Pressler represents the GOP the way it used to be working on a bipartisan level for the good of all. Now the party is run by a bunch of hacks wrapped around a tea bag.

  7. A chickenhawk knows their own, right asthma weary Pat?

  8. Maybe they will just ignore Libya too.

  9. Publican

    When you’re gay, DADT is the most important single issue to you. It doesn’t surprise me that another faux, a Democrat, would write a glowing endorsement of a Democrat.

    A few days ago, 2,000 was reached in Obama’s “right” war that has not at all gone right.

  10. Publican: What does DADT have to do with the subject at hand?

    What’s next? Are you going to work some of your silly global-warming denialism into the argument?

    By the way, are you aware of the studies showing that some of the most vehemently homophobic wingnuts are unsure about their own sexuality?

  11. danimal: My asthma kept me out of the Army at a time when there wasn’t much of a Vietnam War. It had nothing to do with whether or not I wanted to serve. They simply rejected me on health grounds. Nor was my asthma negligible. As a child, I spent time in an oxygen tent because of it.

    Besides, real chickenhawks have other ways of avoiding service in wars they otherwise support. Just ask George W. Bush and Mitt Romney.

  12. Brian Trask

    I say that you hit the nail on the head, Neal. (“I guess when you find one veteran (other than the swift boat coward and traitor) that supports Obama you have to make the most of it”). Pressler’s awards look pretty impressive, but were “standard issue” to a rear echelon ticket puncher. “Combat tour”? All I am able to find is that he served two years in Vietnam (the same two years he spent in the Army) as a Lieutenant – after being a Rhodes Scholar and becoming a lawyer. I am interested to learn what “Combat” he actually participated in. For certain, he did not dig foxholes and exchange bullets with the VC or NVA, or his C.I.B. would be at the top of his awards list!

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