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Pressler inviting Obama to Humboldt to talk healthcare

by Greg Belfrage

Independent U.S. Senate candidate Larry Pressler is inviting President Obama to come to South Dakota to discuss fixes to Obamacare.

Pressler has called for fixing the Affordable Care Act, rather than repealing it. He is holding two news conferences in the state today to discuss his plans.

Read more: Pressler's personal invitation to Obama

The former GOP senator says he'sembarrassedby the impeachment resolution passed recently during the South Dakota Republican Party's convention. Pressler has endorsed Obama in the last two presidential elections.

The complete text of Pressler's news release appears below:

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SENATOR LARRY PRESSLER INVITES PRESIDENT OBAMA TO SOUTH DAKOTA ON RURAL, SMALL TOWN OBAMACARE ISSUES, PROMISES NOT TO JOIN THE EFFORT TO SABOTAGE OBAMACARE, BUT TO WORK TO IMPROVE IT AND TELLS PRESIDENT HE IS EMBARRASSED BY GOP FORMAL RESOLUTION TO IMPEACH HIM AND HORRENDOUSLY FURTHER EMBARRASSED BY GOVERNOR ROUNDS FAILURE TO WORK FOR REPEAL OF IMPEACHMENT RESOLUTION

Senator Larry Pressler will hold press conferences in Sioux Falls and Rapid City to announce that he is inviting President Obama to South Dakota for a seminar on the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). Pressler said he is prompted by the embarrassing resolution of the state Republican Party asking that Obama be impeached, but more of his reason is that US Senate candidate Mike Rounds barely objected to what the state party had done. This call for Obamas impeachment has gone nationwide and worldwide, and it is a great embarrassment to South Dakota, said Senator Pressler. Mike Rounds, who will head the Republican ticket in November, should have objected strenuously to this unfair resolution, and should seek its repeal.

I am inviting President Obama to come to South Dakota to a listening meeting I am sponsoring this fall at Pressler Park in Humboldt, South Dakota. We have had two Presidents in Humboldt: George H.W. Bush when he was President, and President Jimmy Carter when he was a candidate. The topic of the listening meeting is to gather experts from South Dakota as to how the Affordable Care Act can be tailored and fixed to work in small-town, rural South Dakota.

Senator Pressler said, We want to work with you positively to fix Obamacare. We want to support you and the concept of Obamacare. This former United States Senator will not go back to Washington to sabotage Obamacare, but to work positively with you. Pressler said that the listening meeting in Humboldt at Pressler Park could be held either before or after the election: I am confident in winning this election, but even if I do not I will continue as a volunteer, and we can hold the listening meeting to include small-town input. Also, I am inviting all of my Senate opponents to join me in this invitation and to participate in the listening meeting. Pressler said, Mr. President, I would be proud to appear on the same platform with you. Please be advised that most people, Republicans and Democrats, are embarrassed by this resolution, and we want to tell you that you are always welcome in South Dakota, that we want to work with you during your last two and a half years. Although we may disagree with you on a lot of issues, we admire your steadfast resolve to have an affordable healthcare program.

Pressler said, Mr. President, I supported you in the last two elections for conservative reasons. As I have told you previously, I feared that my friend Senator McCain would get us into too many foreign wars, and those are very expensive to the US Treasury. As a moderately conservative fiscal person, I believe we must spend far less in foreign wars and spend more domestically on programs such as the Affordable Care Act. I have appreciated your getting some of the troops home, but it has been my feeling that we should pull out of Iraq lock, stock, and barrel. So we have a disagreement there, but we should remember that if John McCain were President, we would not only still have US troops stationed in Iraq currently, but we would also have 30,000 troops fighting in Syria today. Thus my support for you was from a fiscally conservative point of view in terms of saving money in foreign military activities. As a Vietnam veteran, I just do not believe in these foreign military involvements. I feel my time was wasted in Vietnam, just as we have wasted American blood and treasure in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. We should be spending this money on domestic needs of our own people, such as Obamacare.

Greg Belfrage @belfrageshow is heard 6am-9am on KELO 1320 AM and 107.9 FM. Greg can be contacted at greg.belfrage@mwcradio.com.

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