In 2012, Nebraska is a battleground state that the GOP needs to win to take control of the Senate. There are already five GOP candidates for this US Senate seat, and there may be more. I like State Senator Deb Fischer over AG Jon Bruning and Treasurer Don Stenberg. Separating her from those two is that she did not immediately announce that she is running for another office right after she was elected to her state Senate seat. Bruner announced three days after he was sworn in as AG that he is running for the US Senate seat. Don Stenberg had already lost his bid for US Senate in 1996, 2000, and 2006. Of the five members of the Nebraska delegation to Washington DC, Ben Nelson is Nebraska’s biggest embarrassment. That said, Nebraska does not want a Chuck Hagel Republican to replace him. My opinion is different from what you may read at establishment political sites here and here.
Below is a brief summary of Deb Fischer’s background. One of Fisher’s major supporters, former Nebraska Governor Kay Orr, also weighs in. Read Deb Fischer in her own heart-felt words. I report and you decide. If you like what you know about Deb Fischer, and you are able to contribute to her campaign, please do. You can learn more about her at her website.
Deb Fischer’s background:
- Deb Fischer’s father, Jerry Strobel, was director of the Department of Roads during the Orr administration.
- 1999 Deb Fischer was honored with the Nebraska Association of School Boards Lifetime Achievement Award and the Nebraska Rural Community Schools Association Outstanding Board Member Award.
- 2004, Deb was elected to the Nebraska Unicameral to represent the 43rd Legislative District.
- currently she serves as Chair of the Transportation and Telecommunications Committee and is a member of the Revenue Committee and the Executive Board.
The thoughts of former Nebraska Governor Kay Orr:
Too often, the discussion is about political consequences and political fallout. There is too little consideration of whether this is the right thing to do, the principled thing to do. That’s why we need a person of strong moral character and principles.
Nelson may be “relying on the passage of time” to work in his favor, but I don’t think the people of Nebraska will forget the ‘Cornhusker Kickback.’ He’s got some other issues, and with a full-fledged airing of those, I think he faces a tough road.
I am first of all a conservative and second a Republican. I am still hanging onto the Republican Party and hoping for a principled, experienced person of good moral character and leadership skills to lead the GOP into the presidential election.
Deb Fischer’s Announcement Speech:
Thank you for gathering here today. Today, I am officially announcing my candidacy for U.S. Senate. I’m running for the United States Senate to help America regain its economic strength and rebuild its cultural foundations. America must meet a new generation of challenges by strengthening our economy, balancing our books, and in Nebraska, revitalizing our communities.
Nebraskans are ready for representation in the US Senate that is real and genuine rather than all the political posturing and sound bites. We value saying what you mean and meaning what you say, we value hard work, common sense, and conservative values – and that’s what you can expect from me in Washington.
Unfortunately, what we’ve come to expect from Senator Ben Nelson is a rubberstamp for the failed economic policies of the Obama Administration. Ben Nelson cast key, deciding votes for Obamacare and the Stimulus Package. Ben Nelson lined up with Washington and supported the bailout. His record demonstrates that he represents the agenda of President Obama and Washington D.C., not Nebraska. It’s time for a change.
I’m not a career politician. I’m a wife, mother, rancher, small business owner and a citizen legislator. It has not been my lifelong ambition to have the title of United States Senator. I started in public service by serving on our local school board because I care about education, then I ran for Legislature to offer solutions on issues that impact all Nebraskans – like education, tax relief, economic development and roads funding. Now I’m running for the United States Senate because I believe Washington needs a conservative with Nebraska common sense and honest, effective representation.
I have been encouraged to run by Nebraskans across our state because I’ve been a state Senator who gets things done. We need that for our state. Texas has 34 federal office holders, California gets 55, but Nebraska gets only 5. There are only 5 voices for us in Washington D.C. – that’s why we need effective leadership to fight for our state every day.
As a State Senator, I helped pass the largest tax relief package in Nebraska History and a landmark roads bill. I have a record of a proven fiscal conservative; I believe in limited, effective government and my record as a legislator demonstrates I’ve done exactly that. I will take that conservative, common sense philosophy to the U.S. Senate.
My philosophy of limited government will continue in the U.S. Senate. In the Senate, I will lead the fight to cut spending and reduce the deficit. I will vote to repeal Obamacare. When President Obama & the Democrats try to raise taxes, I will say NO. If you send me to the Senate, Nebraska will have another voice against the Washington’s D.C’s “Tax and Spend” mentality.
The most important job of the federal government is to help keep us safe and secure. Our brave troops have performed their duty to protect all of us admirably and effectively. They need our support. In the Senate, I will not play politics with our security. I will give our military the tools they need. And I will make sure that fighting terrorism is a top priority of the federal government, not an afterthought.
In Washington D.C., it is all too common for politicians to compromise their principles and support bad policies that are popular in the short run and detrimental in the long run. With our national debt approaching 15 Trillion, that misguided decision-making has failed our children and grandchildren.
Nebraska deserves someone who is committed to serving the long-term interests of the American people. Politicians can’t delay on our future anymore, we must get to work. We need to strengthen our economy, balance our books, and revitalize our communities. Those are the key issues of our time and taking leadership on those issues is why I’m running for U.S. Senate.