New TV Ad: “A Nebraska Senator”

July 16, 2012

“Bob Kerrey’s False Negative Attacks On Deb Fischer. The Last Decade Kerrey’s Lived In New York, He’s Out Of Touch With Nebraskans And Desperate – Nebraskans Deserve Better.”

“Deb Fischer Passed The State’s Largest Tax Cut. Worked With Governor Heineman To Cut Spending And Balance Budgets. And Deb Will Work To Repeal Obamacare’s Taxes On The Middle Class.”

LINCOLN, Nebraska, July 16, 2012 - The Deb Fischer for U.S. Senate campaign today unveiled a new television ad, “A Nebraska Senator,” the campaign’s first television ad of the general election.

The ad highlights several of Sen. Fischer’s accomplishments in the Nebraska Legislature, including working with Gov. Heineman to balance the budget for eight consecutive years, controlling spending, and passing the largest tax relief package in state history.

The ad also calls out Bob Kerrey for bringing New York-style negative political campaigning to Nebraska.

Kerrey is no novice to New York City politics.

As the ad points out, he seriously considered running for mayor of New York City in 2005, because he believed Mayor Michael Bloomberg wasn’t liberal enough:

“Former United States Senator Bob Kerrey, the president of the New School University and a Democratic candidate for president in 1992, said yesterday that he was considering a run for mayor of New York City, declaring that Michael R. Bloomberg had failed to fight Washington Republican policies that Mr. Kerrey said endangered the city’s finances and security.” (Adam Nagourney and Jim Rutenberg, “Bob Kerrey Weighing Run For Mayor Of New York,” The New York Times, 4/17/05)

Kerrey also told New York Magazine in 2005 that he wanted to retire in New York City:

“I don’t need a beach. New York City looks pretty good to me. I’d want a house and a La-Z-Boy recliner with a little cup holder.” (“Real-Life Retirement Plans (And How Much They Might Cost),” New York Magazine, 10/31/05)

“Sen. Fischer has a proven record of working across party lines to better the lives of Nebraska families, farmers, ranchers, and small business owners,” said Fischer campaign spokesman Daniel Keylin. “Kerrey’s desperate campaign of mudslinging and falsehoods might work for him back home in New York, but most Nebraskans don’t appreciate his shameful attacks on Senator Fischer’s ranching business and Nebraska’s agricultural community – the hardworking farmers and ranchers who feed the world and have kept our state’s economy strong.”