Nebraska’s Deb Fischer Indiana’s Richard Mourdock
In 2012, Nebraska is a battleground state that the GOP needs to win to take control of the Senate. State Senator Deb Fischer won the GOP nomination 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 results show that they don’t want a Chuck Hagel Republican to replace Ben Nelson.
Former Nebraska Governor Kay Orr had this to say prior to Ben Nelson’s retirement announcement:
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.
Established Republicans are happy to have Deb Fischer as their nominee. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee had this to say…
The difference in this race couldn’t be more clear. Deb is a small business rancher, mother and conservative leader who believes we need to spend less, balance our budget and repeal ObamaCare, while her opponent supports bigger government and higher taxes.
Last week, in the Indiana primary, Treasurer Richard Mourdock defeated incumbent Richard Lugar in the GOP US Senate contest. Gov. Mitch Daniels formally endorsed Richard Mourdock’s Senate candidacy Wednesday morning with this statement…
Richard Mourdock is a “mainstream” Republican who comes “right out of the heart” of the party.
You earned this nomination. And anyone who knows you knows you’ll outwork anybody who opposes you this fall. This is the first of two congratulations we intend and expect to deliver to you this year.
E. Pluribus Unum recently wrote this observation…
The disorganized, unfunded, know-nothing Tea Party? They’re back, and they’re big. They could not steer the presidential nomination to a conservative, but they’ve flexed their muscles in the other primaries.
One GOP strategist who has been involved in races on behalf of Tea Party candidates, said that “the 2010 environment hasn’t gone away – the establishment has accommodated itself to a new paradigm.” This is an important observation to dispel the idea that Richard Mourdock and Deb Fischer in 2012 are like Ken Buck and Christine O’Donnell in 2010. Richard Mourdock and Deb Fischer are not going to have to fight the establishment the way Ken Buck had to fight the Colorado GOP, and Christine O’Donnell had to fight the GOP establishment and Karl Rove. One reason is the differences the candidates themselves possess, but another reason is the establishment accommodating to a new paradigm. The Tea Party citizens have also been accommodating to a new paradigm with respect to the presidential nomination.
While the GOP primary presidential contest is ending, there are still many US Senate and US House contests that are just getting started. Rejoice in knowing that for these past two weeks we have been on a winning streak, but fight on and don’t take anything for granted.
The opposition will keep trying to break your spirit, but they will fail. So many citizens are not wired in to everything that happens in politics, but many have less money in their wallets. They know there needs to be a change, and their thinner wallets keep them from being distracted by “shiny objects.”