Bob Kerrey Takes Back “Welfare Rancher” Smear

August 15, 2012


“Bob Kerrey knows that Nebraskans are overwhelmingly rejecting his blatantly false and offensive attacks on Deb Fischer and her family. Now that Bob Kerrey’s smear campaign has backfired, he can’t backtrack fast enough.”

KERREY TODAY: We asked Democrat Bob Kerrey if he believes Fischer is a Welfare Rancher. ‘I think that’s a little bit of stretch…”

LINCOLN, Nebraska, August 15, 2012 - Today, Bob Kerrey said that attacking Deb Fischer as a “welfare rancher” was a “bit of a stretch.”

“We asked Democrat Bob Kerrey if he believes Fischer is a Welfare Rancher.
‘I think that’s a little bit of stretch, I would say, but I’m not a Carpetbagger either,’ Kerrey responds.”
(Brent Martin, “Senate campaign smear: Welfare Rancher vs. Carpetbagger,” Nebraska Radio Network, 8/15/12)

Kerrey also offered Fischer a truce:

“I’m certainly willing to say to her, ‘If you’re willing to say I’m not a carpetbagger, I’m willing to say you’re not a Welfare Rancher,’ Kerrey says.” (Brent Martin, “Senate campaign smear: Welfare Rancher vs. Carpetbagger,” Nebraska Radio Network, 8/15/12)

Kerrey’s comments are astonishing considering the fact that he and his staffers have been constantly attacking Fischer as a “welfare rancher” for the last several months.

In fact, it was Kerrey himself who coined the term “welfare rancher” at the Nebraska Democratic Party Convention on June 23, 2012:

“Democrat Bob Kerrey ratcheted up his criticism of Republican Deb Fischer on Saturday, accusing her of being a ‘welfare rancher’ who dislikes big government except when it’s subsidizing her own family and its ranching operation.” (Robynn Tysver, “Kerrey slams Fischer over grazing fee ‘welfare’” Omaha World-Herald, 6/24/12)

“Bob Kerrey knows that Nebraskans are overwhelmingly rejecting his blatantly false and offensive attacks on Deb Fischer and her family,” said Fischer campaign spokesman Daniel Keylin. “Now that Bob Kerrey’s smear campaign has backfired, he can’t backtrack fast enough.”

VIDEO: BOB KERREY CALLS DEB FISCHER A WELFARE RANCHER:

A LOOK BACK AT BOB KERREY’S “WELFARE RANCHER” ATTACKS

BOB KERREY:
“She’s a welfare rancher!” (Bob Kerrey, Speech at Nebraska Democratic Party Convention, 6/23/12)

BOB KERREY:
“It’s a sweetheart deal afforded to only 136 ranchers in Nebraska.” (Bob Kerrey, Kerrey Campaign Website, “Grazing Fees”)

KERREY CAMPAIGN MANAGER:
“The state and federal lease comparisons show in even starker terms how Fischer is milking the taxpayers. Her sweetheart welfare deal is indefensible.” (Paul Johnson, Press Release, “NEWLY RELEASED RECORDS SHOW: Fischer Milks Taxpayers on Federal Leases while paying close to Market Rates on Her State Leases”)

KERREY RELEASE:
“Fischer Points Finger at Husband’s Family to Explain $3 Million Welfare Deal.” (Kerrey Campaign Press Release, “Fischer Points Finger at Husband’s Family to Explain $3 Million Welfare Deal”)

KERREY RELEASE:
“Fischer has attempted to explain the $3 million she has received in welfare by saying she pays maintenance costs on the land.” (Kerrey Campaign Press Release, “Fischer Fibs Again; Grazing Fee Formula Does NOT Factor in Market Rates”)

KERREY CAMPAIGN MANAGER:
“She thinks her welfare program should be exempt from cuts…” (Paul Johnson, Campaign Email To Supporters, 7/14/12)

KERREY CAMPAIGN MANAGER:
“The owners of Sunny Slope [Deb Fischer and her family] are millionaires. (We imagine the subsidy helped with that.) Guess we should have looked up the definition for ‘corporate welfare.’ Either way, the label fits.” (Paul Johnson, Kerrey Campaign Website, “Welfare Rancher Hypocrisy”)

KERREY CAMPAIGN MANAGER:
“Welfare Rancher Hypocrisy.” (Paul Johnson, Kerrey Campaign Website, “Welfare Rancher Hypocrisy”)

Kerrey Campaign’s “Welfare Rancher” Petition:

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