Former South Dakota Sen. Larry Pressler did something few have done in the state of Utah this year — acted as a surrogate for a Democratic presidential nominee.
Amid the rising possibility that Utah will be a swing state on Nov. 8, Pressler spoke to a Provo crowd on Tuesday night, telling potential Utah voters that Hillary Clinton will uphold the values of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, according to the Daily Herald.
“Why does Hillary Clinton fit both the Mormon church and the state of Utah so well?” Pressler asked the 30 people at the Provo Library. “If you think about it, child care is one of her major issues, and that’s something the church is very interested in, but also refugees, and the path to citizenship. Utah has been very welcoming to refugees.”
The LDS Church encourages its members to be politically active, but remains politically neutral as an institution.
Pressler also talked about military defense and how the Clinton campaign plans to improve the national budget. He said Clinton is the most sensible candidate for Utahns who are concerned over both of those issues.
You can read more about Pressler’s speech over at The Daily Herald.
The three-term senator converted to the LDS faith back in 2015. Pressler was confirmed as a church member by Nevada Sen. Harry Reid and baptized by Clayton Christensen, as our own Aaron Shill wrote about back in 2015.
When describing his conversion, Pressler often says his “journey” was full of “coincidence” that led him to the church.
"I kept having little coincidental encounters with Mormonism that I can't really explain," he said.
Herb Scribner is a writer for Deseret Digital Media.