State of Nebraska Archives: on Principles & Values


Ben Sasse: Endorsed by Freedom Works' founder & other Tea Party groups

Republican Senate candidate Ben Sasse countered this week's endorsement of Shane Osborn by Freedom Works with an endorsement from Dick Armey, the conservative organization's high-profile founder. Armey, the former Republican House Majority Leader, said Sasse is "a conservative outsider committed to changing Washington. Ben Sasse knows more about ObamaCare than just about any Republican running for Senate today. I believe most of Freedom Works members in Nebraska will support Ben Sasse because he is the conservative that best represents their views."

Armey, who recently left the chairmanship of Freedom Works after an internal struggle, said: "We don't need career politicians running because this is just the next rung on the ladder for them."

Sasse previously pocketed endorsements from two conservative national organizations, the Senate Conservatives Fund and the Club for Growth. All three political action groups espouse conservative principles closely tied to the views of tea party advocates.

Source: Lincoln Journal Star on 2014 Nebraska Senate debate Nov 15, 2013

Shane Osborn: Endorsed by Tea Party-oriented group, Freedom Works

Republican Senate candidate Ben Sasse countered this week's endorsement of Shane Osborn by Freedom Works with an endorsement from Dick Armey, the conservative organization's high-profile founder. Armey recently left the chairmanship of Freedom Works after an internal struggle.

Sasse previously pocketed endorsements from two conservative national organizations, the Senate Conservatives Fund and the Club for Growth. All three political action groups espouse conservative principles closely tied to the views of tea party advocates.

The competing endorsements continued to focus the 2014 Senate spotlight on Sasse and Osborn in a Republican contest that has attracted four candidates.

Source: Lincoln Journal Star on 2014 Nebraska Senate debate Nov 15, 2013

Deb Fischer: Ran underdog primary campaign on shoestring budget

All eyes are on Deb Fischer, a Republican state senator and Sarah Palin's pick for the seat, whose underdog campaign appears to have surged past her rivals' in the final days before the primary. For months, state Attorney General Jon Bruning had a clear double-digit lead over Fischer and state Treasurer Don Stenberg. Few Republicans saw a realistic opportunity for Stenberg to overtake Bruning, and even fewer thought Fischer could pull off an upset victory.

But a series of last-minute surveys shows Fischer surging despite her shoestring campaign and millions of dollars in ads that Bruning, Stenberg and their allies have aired. "Nebraska's got a pretty good record of supporting underdogs. [Sen.] Mike Johanns [R-Neb.] was an underdog," Fischer told The Hill.

The winner of Tuesday's primary will face former Sen. Bob Kerrey (Neb.), who is running unopposed in the Democratic primary.

Source: The Hill coverage of 2012 Nebraska Senate primary debate May 15, 2012

Deb Fischer: Do Nebraskans want more career politician in Washington?

Bruning has been accused of greenlighting grants to a farm group that donated to his campaign days later and of releasing a student-loan company from a $1 million settlement despite co-owning a home with officials from the company.

"It's going to come down to: Do Nebraskans want to send the same type of career politician back to Washington?" said Fischer. "Jon seems to be particularly establishment. I'm running a grassroots campaign."

Source: The Hill coverage of 2012 Nebraska Senate primary debate May 15, 2012

Deb Fischer: TV ad: "End the political bull"

Fischer said Bruning's new negative TV ads demonstrate that Bruning is growing desperate. Fischer also defended her own ad, which includes two bulls with "Stenberg" and "Bruning" ear tags. It says it's time to end the "political bull."

She described the ad as "cute" and as an example of Sand Hills humor.

Bruning's campaign manager called it negative campaigning.

Source: Omaha World Herald on 2012 Nebraska Senate ad review May 12, 2012

Don Stenberg: Our country's going in the wrong direction

All called for a reduction in federal spending and national debt, the repeal of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law and declared tough stances on illegal immigration.

"Our country's going in the wrong direction," Stenberg said in his opening remarks. "We desperately need new leadership in Washington to restore America."

Source: Associated Press/The Republic on 2012 Nebraska Senate debate May 1, 2012

Don Stenberg: Most campaign funds come from South Carolina PAC

A debate panelist asked each candidate to describe what weaknesses of the other candidates could be exploited by the Kerrey campaign during the general election campaign.

Stenberg reiterated criticisms he's aimed at Bruning throughout the campaign: That Bruning has become a multimillionaire while serving in public office and that in 2007, Bruning attempted to waive a $1 million settlement with Lincoln-based student loan company Nelnet.

In response, Bruning declared he would not "throw mud" at his opponents, then said "South Carolina has two senators ... they don't need a third," implying that Stenberg would be beholden to South Carolina's Sen. Jim DeMint, a tea party leader who has endorsed Stenberg. The bulk of Stenberg's fundraising for his Senate campaign has come from the Senate Conservatives Fund, a political action committee run by DeMint.

Source: Associated Press/The Republic on 2012 Nebraska Senate debate May 1, 2012

Jon Bruning: OpEd: Became multimillionaire while serving in public office

A debate panelist asked each candidate to describe what weaknesses of the other candidates could be exploited by the Kerrey campaign during the general election campaign.

Stenberg reiterated criticisms he's aimed at Bruning throughout the campaign: That Bruning has become a multimillionaire while serving in public office and that in 2007, Bruning attempted to waive a $1 million settlement with Lincoln-based student loan company Nelnet after the company was accused of improper business practices. A year later, Bruning entered a time-share agreement on a nearly $700,000 vacation home with two Nelnet executives.

In response, Bruning declared he would not "throw mud" at his opponents, then said "South Carolina has two senators... they don't need a third," implying that Stenberg would be beholden to South Carolina's Sen. Jim DeMint, a tea party leader who has endorsed Stenberg.

Source: Associated Press/The Republic on 2012 Nebraska Senate debate May 1, 2012

Pat Flynn: Endorsed by Republican Liberty Caucus

Pat Flynn was not invited by The Omaha World-Herald to take part. Flynn has been vocal in his criticism of the newspaper for leaving him out of the debate. Flynn says the newspaper's editors told him that the paper wanted to focus on only the top three candidates, which Flynn says is not for news organizations to decide.

Flynn has raised less money than the other candidates but has garnered national endorsements, including those from the Republican Liberty Caucus and former Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo.

Source: Associated Press/The Republic on 2012 Nebraska Senate debate May 1, 2012

Pat Flynn: I'm the only candidate who is not a "career politician"

Candidates seeking the Republican Senate nomination clashed about their conservative credentials. It was a fight egged on by the state Democratic Party, which issued a news release before the debate at the Union League, noting that candidates Steve Welch and Tom Smith are former Democrats.

Welch, who voted for President Obama in the 2008 Democratic primary election, said he has gone to "painstaking lengths" to be clear about his political history. He renounced his support of Obama.

Source: Omaha World Herald on 2012 Nebraska Senate debate Apr 7, 2012

Mike Johanns: Focus on small towns

We need to make sure that the next senator from the United States from Nebraska will always keep Nebraska’s interest first, Kleeb said.

“Focus on your small towns--I did it as governor; I did it as secretary,” Johanns said.

Source: [Xref Kleeb] 2008 Nebraska Senate debate Aug 24, 2008

Scott Kleeb: Always keep Nebraska’s interest first

We need to make sure that the next senator from the United States from Nebraska will always keep Nebraska’s interest first, Kleeb said.

“Focus on your small towns--I did it as governor; I did it as secretary,” Johanns said.

Source: 2008 Nebraska Senate debate reported in Lincoln News Aug 24, 2008

Steven Larrick: Healthy world relations; healthy planet; healthy Americans

    My top three legislative priorities are designed to bring greater health to all levels of our lives. We need to create:
  1. HEALTHY INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS by ending the Iraq war and supporting the United Nations and others to bring peace around the world;
  2. A HEALTHY PLANET by strengthening supports for energy conservation, renewable energy from wind, solar and other clean sources and public transportation; and
  3. HEALTHY AMERICANS by establishing a universal single-payer healthcare system for all using the best management practices from other nations with better, less expensive health outcomes.
Source: Nebraska Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test Jun 25, 2008

Mike Johanns: Priorities: tax relief, education, family

I have sought to advance five priorities with the objectives of improving our way of life and leaving Nebraska a better place. We have made progress in providing property tax relief, limiting the scope of government in people’s lives, building a prosperous economy, protecting our families and communities from crime, and ensuring the health, safety, and success of our children. As I’ve listened to Nebraskans, property tax relief and educating our children continue to top the list of priorities.
Source: 2001 State of the State Address to Nebraska Legislature Jan 11, 2001

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