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Pressler invites Obama to South Dakota

By Barrett Phillips

U.S. Senate candidate Larry Pressler told supporters and media Wednesday he can help end the poisonous atmosphere in Washington by playing the middle man.

The 72-year-old former Republican senator is running as an independent, saying his election will bring South Dakota more political clout in Washington.

To show how he can work for improvement, Pressler is invited President Obama to hear South Dakota's concerns about the Affordable Care Act. Pressler said the national healthcare package known as ObamaCare is supported across the state but needs repairs.

Pressler acknowledged that he will likely lose some votes for reaching out to Obama. But Pressler argued Republicans calling for the president's impeachment go too far and help paralyze compromise.  "I'm an independent, but I will always be part Republican and part Democrat. I've been a member of both parties at some point. When I was a young man I was a member of the Democratic Party and was very much a member of the Republican Party for a long time."

Pressler is competing against Republican Mike Rounds, Democrat Rick Weiland and independent Gordon Howie in the November election.

Pressler will be touring the Black Hills area for the next several days.

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