Shane Osborn on Principles & Values
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.
One of our neighbors, a sheep farmer named Lyle Brewer, flew a bright yellow Piper J-3 Cub out of a pasture near our house. I tried to visit Lyle whenever I knew he was working on his plane. I took my first flight with Lyle and Dad almost as soon as the FAA inspector signed the airworthiness certificate for the Piper. "I want to fly," I told my Dad.
"Not today, Shane." By the age of 4, I already had a basic understanding of lift and was beginning to learn how the aileron controlled the plane's angle of bank or roll.
The Civil Air Patrol absorbed me completely. The CAP made me want to study even harder than before. You advanced in rank depending on both your test score and your progress in military training. Discipline in one area, I began to see, was directly related to progress as a would-be aviator. The reward for that progress was getting to fly in our squadron's Cessna 172.
By the end of my sophomore year I had logged 16 hours in the Cessna to help me qualify for a pilot's license. I never did get my license. Still, I hoped my accomplishments in the CAP could eventually help me win an appointment to the US Naval Academy at Annapolis. That had become my next long-term goal.
When I woke up, I was listening to a medic's voice. "I think this one's dead," the medic said, meaning me. As much as I tried, I couldn't answer because my lips were bruised and torn.
When I woke again, I was in the emergency room of the hospital. The doctor put in 220 stitches. I was 16 years old, and I thought my life was over. My last year in high school, while still recovering from the car crash, I interviewed for both the air force and naval academies.
It was a harrowing, nerve-wracking experience, according to accounts from the US crew. With two of the plane's four propellers not working and its nose cone, containing vital instruments, sheared off, the aircraft plunged as much as 8,000 feet with its left wing pointing almost straight down as Osborn desperately struggled to regain control. It was "a spectacular feat of airmanship," a Pentagon spokesman said this week.
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AK: Begich(D) vs.Miller(R) vs.Treadwell(R) vs.Sullivan(R)
AR: Pryor(D) vs.Cotton(R)
CO: Udall(D) vs.Gardner(R) vs.
DE: Coons(D) vs.Wade(R)
GA: Nunn(D) vs.Perdue(R) vs.
HI: Schatz(D) vs.Hanabusa(D) vs.Cavasso(R) vs.
IA: Braley(D) vs.Ernst(R) vs.
ID: Risch(R) vs.Mitchell(D)
IL: Durbin(D) vs.Oberweis(R) vs.Hansen(L) vs.
KS: Roberts(R) vs.Tiahrt(R) vs.Wolf(R) vs.Taylor(D) vs.Orman(I)
KY: McConnell(R) vs.
LA: Landrieu(D) vs.Cassidy(R) vs.Maness(R)
MA: Markey(D) vs.Herr(R) vs.Skarin(I) vs.
ME: Collins(R) vs.D`Amboise(R) vs.Bellows(D)
MN: Franken(D) vs.McFadden(R) vs.Abeler(R) vs.Ortman(R)
MS: Cochran(R) vs.Childers(D) vs.
NC: Hagan(D) vs.Tillis(R) vs.Haugh(L)
NE: Sasse(R) vs.Domina(D) vs.Haugh(L) vs.
NH: Shaheen(D) vs.Brown(R) vs.Smith(R) vs.Rubens(R) vs.Testerman(R) vs.Martin(R)
NJ: Booker(D) vs.Bell(R) vs.
NM: Udall(D) vs.Weh(R) vs.Clements(R)
OK-2: Lankford(R) vs.Johnson(D) vs.
OK-6: Inhofe(R) vs.Silverstein(D)
OR: Merkley(D) vs.Wehby(R) vs.
RI: Reed(D) vs.Zaccaria(R)
SC-2: Scott(R) vs.Dickerson(D) vs.
SC-6: Graham(R) vs.Hutto(D) vs.Ravenel(I) vs.
SD: Rounds(R) vs.Weiland(D) vs.Pressler(I)
TN: Alexander(R) vs.Ball(D) vs.
TX: Cornyn(R) vs.Alameel(D) vs.Roland(L) vs.
VA: Warner(D) vs.Gillespie(R) vs.Sarvis(L)
WV: Capito(R) vs.Tennant(D) vs.Lawhorn(I) vs.
WY: Enzi(R) vs.
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