LAKEWOOD, COLORADO — Earlier today, President Obama’s Special Envoy to Northern Ireland, Gary Hart, addressed an enthusiastic group of seniors at Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church here in this western suburb of Denver. After his talk on strategic problems facing the United States, he told a solitary reporter that he is running for president for the third time.

Asked during his presentation for his views on Citizens United and its progeny, Hart pointed out that after he left the U.S. Senate in 1987, he gave no thought to becoming a lobbyist, although that seems to be the norm for departing politicians these days. He told the group that on July 4, his 20th book, The Conscience of a Republic, will appear, in which he will explain why, because of money in politics, the United States is now a corrupt nation.

“You see, SR,” Hart said, “Mitt Romney decided that the third time would not be a charm for him. Not so for me.”

A spokesman for Hillary Clinton said that the former Secretary of State looks forward to debating US military and foreign policy with Hart in the coming primaries. Hart said during his presentation today that, although he admires and likes his friend John McCain, McCain is wrong by wanting to solve most of our problems with other nations with our military might. 

The solitary reporter noticed that Andrew Bacevich, the best-selling author of The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced by War (2005) and The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism was in the audience, and thoroughly approved of Hart’s remarks. Bacevich, a Vietnam War veteran, is Professor of International Relations and History at Boston University.

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