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One of the elders of the once Republican party, existence long gone but in label only!

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.
Amen Brother, Amen!!!

Republican Senator, Vietnam Veteran Endorses President Obama
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.
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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.

Making many great comments in this write for Huff Post leading into more as with the below, not only going after the party of the now but as Ryan is the VP choice and still sitting rep so called economics whiz kid he's hitting him and the rest of the sitting tepub representatives, House and Senate.

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>>>

And if visiting to read, you should, keep in mind all you citizens of who haven't served what your responsibility, through your elected government representatives especially in the Federal but also the State Legislatures, is!

Still: No Revenues {nor private reagan capitalism economic investments, free market capitalism} = No Demand For = No Sacrifice = No Support = DeJa-Vu all over again!.

After abandoning the Main Missions for sending troops into that region with the first drum beat pointed at Iraq and almost full support of those served cheering that on!

And as a Military Spouses recently stated: "There is this sense that this is genuine," says Raezer. "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - December 30, 2011. As to the First and Second Ladies but also this Administration it's Cabinet working with the VA Secretary when needed and the Spouses of the present and recent retired top Military Officers of the DoD.

UpDate placed in replies as well
Ex-GOP Sen. Larry Pressler on supporting Obama: “Veterans were very offended” by Romney
Larry Pressler, who served 22 years in Congress as a Republican, speaks with Salon about why he's endorsing Obama

Oct 8, 2012 -  Pressler is perhaps best known for being the only member of Congress to flatly reject entreaties by FBI agents posing as Arab sheiks offering bribes. The Abscam scandal resulted in the conviction of a U.S. senator and five House members, but Pressler told the faux sheiks to take a hike, which earned him glowing praise. “What have we come to if turning down a bribe is ‘heroic’?” he said at the time.

Reached in Paris, where he is teaching a university course, he told Salon he still considers himself a Republican, but said Ronald Reagan couldn’t win a GOP primary today. The following conversation has been lightly edited for brevity. read more>>>

Originally posted to DKos Military Veterans on Mon Oct 08, 2012 at 12:02 PM PDT.

Also republished by I Vote for Democrats.

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