Breaking News: Centrist Project Voice Endorses Larry Pressler of South Dakota for Senate

July 9, 2014

The Centrist Project Voice Endorses Larry Pressler for U.S. Senate from South Dakota

Candidate Decries Partisanship and Focuses on Core Issues of Broad Importance to Americans

Washington, DC — The Centrist Project Voice, the nation’s first political action committee supporting candidates ready to set aside partisan politics and focus on the core issues of critical importance to all Americans, today announced that it has endorsed Larry Pressler of South Dakota in his campaign to return to the U.S. Senate. 

"The Centrist Project Voice is pleased to be able to support Larry Pressler in his bid to once again serve the people of South Dakota and the United States by focusing on the critical and mainstream issues that face our country," said Centrist Project Founder Charles Wheelan, a senior lecturer and policy fellow at the Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth College and the bestselling author of Naked Economics. "He has embraced the Centrist Principles, (fiscal responsibility, environmental stewardship, social tolerance, economic opportunity and a pragmatic approach to solving core policy challenges) as being the bedrock for how to approach public policy matters in order to break the partisan deadlock that grips Congress and move America forward." 

“We are on the verge of something truly historic,” said Larry Pressler, Independent candidate for Senate from South Dakota. “It has been decades since this kind of reform-minded movement has organized. The fact that it is coming from both sides of the aisle makes it all the more remarkable.”

The Centrist Project Voice is designed to empower the neglected but growing political middle by channeling the support of centrist Americans from across the country to a handful of key U.S. Senate candidates.  With control of the Senate up for grabs in 2014, the election of but a few pragmatic moderates who band together as a coalition would have a disproportionate impact on the chamber as a whole.

If reelected, Pressler would play a crucial role as a bridge builder in the Senate, making him a catalyst for addressing the central public policy challenges facing our country and particularly powerful as a representative of the people of South Dakota.

"As an Independent in what will probably be a closely divided Senate, I want to help end the poisonous bickering between Republicans and Democrats,” Pressler said.

After serving two terms in the House of Representatives, Pressler served South Dakota for three terms from 1979 to 1997 as a Republican senator.  During his service in the Senate, he was chairman of the Commerce Committee and authored the Telecommunications Act of 1996, which was the first overhaul of telecommunications law in more than 60 years.  Pressler is running as an Independent to break the partisan deadlock that grips Congress and to bring new approaches to the challenges we face as a nation in contrast to the established parties which he views as bankrupt of new ideas. 

For more information about the candidates The Centrist Project Voice endorses and to support their campaigns visit  Visit The Centrist Project at for updates on our progress to end gridlock in Washington and to join the effort.



The Centrist Project Voice is a separate segregated fund (SSF) of The Centrist Project. It is the first PAC to promote centrist candidates regardless of party affiliation.  The Centrist Project is a 501(c)4 membership organization focused breaking the gridlock in Washington by changing political incentives and helping elect responsible leaders. Its Centrist Principles include fiscal responsibility, environmental stewardship, social tolerance, economic opportunity and a pragmatic approach to solving policy challenges. More information about the Centrist Project Voice is available at More information about The Centrist Project is available at


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