Fischer the star of state GOP convention

July 15, 2012

Harold Reutter

If there was division Saturday between Nebraska Republican Convention delegates who support Mitt Romney and those who prefer Ron Paul, there seemed to be absolute unanimity regarding Republican U.S. Senate nominee Deb Fischer.

When Fischer addressed the delegates on Saturday afternoon, the candidate herself likely touched on the reason for her popularity: Democratic Sen. Ben Nelsonhelped provide the deciding vote for “Obamacare,” while Fischer said she wants to be part of the Republican Senate majority that repeals it.

Gov. Bobby Jindal, whom many people have speculated might be Romney’s pick for vice president, said it this way: “Ben Nelson was the 60th vote for Obamacare. Deb Fischer will be the 51st vote to repeal it.”

That theme was repeated many times during the convention at Riverside Country Club in Grand Island.

With Nelson deciding to not run for re-election, Fischer must beat Democrat Bob Kerrey, who once served as Nebraska’s governor and as one of its two U.S. senators. That made Kerrey a favorite target of attack during Saturday’s convention.

Only President Barack Obama and the Affordable Care Act, which most people call Obamacare, received more barbs on Saturday.

Republican U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns told the delegates, “All of you feel anger and frustration over the policies of Washington, D.C. Take that anger and frustration and turn it into a pound of unrelenting determination this November. This is the time to defend America’s greatness.”

Johanns accused Obama of practically ignoring the U.S. Constitution by refusing to defend the traditional definition of marriage and by refusing to enforce deportation laws against all illegal immigrants.

Obama has halted deportation proceedings for two years against illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children by their parents.

Conditions for that situation include that they must have come to the U.S. under age 16; must have continuously lived in the U.S. for at least five years prior to his announcement; must be currently in school, graduated from high school or obtained a general education development certificate (GED), or must be an honorably discharged veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard or armed forces of theUnited States.

The person also cannot have been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor or multiple misdemeanors and cannot be above the age of 30.

Keynote speaker Republican U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona said Obamacare encapsulates all that is wrong with the Obama administration. He said it represents a massive tax increase, it enlarges government, it increases the deficit and it promotes crony capitalism.

When Kyl talked to delegates at various times during his speech, people shouted out “No!” or even, “Hell, no!” when he asked if they approved of such things.

Jindal called Obama “the most liberal president” and “the most incompetent president” since former President Jimmy Carter. He said Obama has failed to live up to a number of his campaign promises, including pledges to reduce unemployment and reduce the federal deficit.

Instead, unemployment has gone over 8 percent nationally and stayed there for 41 months, Jindal said.