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Former South Dakota GOP Senator Backs Obama

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First Colin Powell endorses.

Then, the former Republican governors of Massachusetts and Minnesota backed Obama.

This time it’s Larry Pressler, the first Vietnam vet to ever win a senate seat. And from a decidedly red state at that.

From Politico:

Pressler, who said that in addition to casting an absentee ballot for Obama he’d donated $500 to the Illinois senator’s campaign, cited the Democrat’s response to the financial crisis as the primary reason for his decision.

“I just got the feeling that Obama will be able to handle this financial crisis better, and I like his financial team of [former Treasury Secretary Robert] Rubin and [former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul] Volcker better,” he said. By contrast, John McCain’s “handling of the financial crisis made me feel nervous.”

The former senator added that he hoped the next president would help place restraints on executive pay, and said: “I don’t think [McCain] will take action in that area, or he’s as likely to.”

True, Pressler hasn’t been in Washington for more than 10 years, but doesn’t mean he’s a lightweight. He was first elected to the House in 1975 and then won his Senate seat in 1979. He lost a reelection bid in 1997 to Democrat Tim Johnson, but he had a couple decades experience.

In any event, we still haven’t seen this type of swing to McCain from any Dems except for Lieberman, and even he’s starting to hedge his bets these days.

The Obamacan ranks keep growing…