Thursday, Larry Pressler announced he's running for US Senate as an independent.
The former Republican served 2 terms in the House and 3 terms in the Senate.
Pressler says it's time to end the fighting in Washington, DC.
He thinks people are fed up with the stalemate between Republicans and Democrats.
He says he has 2 choices: Simply sit back and enjoy retirement or try to do something about the problems he sees.
Pressler says the one thing both parties do agree on is military spending overseas, something he is very opposed to.
Pressler served two combat tours in Vietnam. He thinks the government wasted blood and treasure in Vietnam, and he sees the same thing happening in Iraq.
Just recently, the government announced the military would spend ten more years in Afghanistan, Pressler called that plan outrageous, "One of the first things I'd do in the Senate, and I would seek an agreement before I joined a caucus, to have an up or down vote for an immediate withdraw from Afghanistan or at least at withdraw within a year. It takes about a year to get out even if you have an immediate withdraw because we just go on and on in these foreign wars, so i guess in that sense, I'm part libertarian or I'm part conservative .
Pressler joins an already crowded field for the US Senate seat.
Republican candidates include former Governor Mike Rounds, State Senator Larry Rhoden, State Representative Stace Nelson, Jason Ravnsborg and Annette Bosworth.
Rick Weiland is the only Democrat to enter the race to this point.