Your Voice, Your Vote tonight as former South Dakota Senator Larry Pressler says he may run for U-S Senate again next year....as an Independent and not as a Republican. We sat down with Pressler to ask him how close he is to making a decision...and exactly why he wants to get into this race.
71-year-old Larry Pressler spent 22 years of his life representing South Dakota in Congress. And he says he feels called to try and serve again. "Yes we're in an era...we're in a very dark era." Pressler says it's that dark era that has led to political gridlock in Congress on both sides of the aisle, with no one willing to budge....no one willing to even move an inch. "My party has moved way to the right...but the Democratic Party also has dug in...both sides have plenty of blame."
And that is why Pressler says he is considering a run as an Independent. He says if he can get elected and go back to Washington with no ties to any political party, he may be able to spark a change in the culture of Congress...act as an independent voice of what he says is political common sense...and begin to turn things around in D-C. "Republicans will never accept any higher taxes or deductions eliminated....Democrats will not accept any cuts in social programs..and neither Republicans not Democrats will accept and cuts in military spending."
But while being an independent could have a political advantage, Pressler says there could also be a disadvantage....one that he is trying to measure right now. "Most independents are not very politically active and they're not accustomed to giving political contributions. And I've started to assess fundraising which will be very difficult but I feel passionately that if we can elect some independents to the Senate we can break the logjam."
Pressler says if elected, he would only serve one term in office. He says most politicians spend half of their terms fundraising: he says he just wants to get in and focus on trying to make a change.