News from the Campaign

Fischer makes stop in Lexington

July 25, 2012

By: Kevin Zelaya

LEXINGTON – In her first visit as the Nebraska Republican nominee for U.S. Senate to Lexington, Deb Fischer focused on how to tackle various troubling issues during a Saturday morning stop at the Heartland Museum of Military Vehicles.

“The thing Nebraskans are most concerned about is the out of control spending in Washington,” which once tackled could lead to progress on the budget deficit and economy, Fischer said.

Fischer said business owners she’s talked to tell her they’d like to hire more workers but are discouraged to do so because of uncertainty regarding healthcare reform, regulations and taxes.

In her talk to the a group of about 40 or 50 Dawson County Republican Party members, Fischer rarely mentioned her opponent in the election, former Democratic Nebraska Senator and Governor Bob Kerrey, but was quick to blast the growing intrusion of government in citizens’ lives.

“Government can’t be everything to every one, we can’t bail out everyone,” Fischer said.

Fischer acknowledged that she has never seen Nebraska farmland as dry as it is now when asked about the on-going drought.

She said she was concerned about federal government overreaching and trying to tell states like Nebraska what to do with its ground and surface water.

When it came to the federal government’s role, it should be limited to a few key priorities such as ensuring national defense, maintaining infrastructure and helping to grow the economy, Fischer said noting “things happen better at the local level.”

Asked about the future of Medicare, Fischer said the commitment to seniors set to retire should be honored but that the current programs might not be there for future generations.

“Medicare and Social Security need to change, things are unsustainable, we need to just be honest with young people,” she said.

In one of the few times she took aim at her opponent, Fischer dispelled any suggestions floated by the Kerrey campaign that she wasn’t willing to debate him when asked about dates for a Senate debate.

“The Kerrey campaign has been disingenuous; I agreed to a debate over a month ago,” Fischer said and listed Aug. 25 at the Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island as a date for the first debate.

She also mentioned that another two debates are in the works but details are yet to be finalized.

When asked what Senate Committees she’d be interested in joining if elected, Fischer listed Agriculture and Armed Services committees as her top two choices but also included the Commerce and Energy committees on her list.

Fischer said she was not supportive of a path to citizenship or incentives for illegal immigrants when asked about her stance on immigration.

“The world has changed since 9-11, we need to know who’s coming in,” Fischer said.

While supporting E-Verify, an Internet based worker verification program, Fischer said she feels all businesses should be required to use it.

“I thought she did an excellent job, touched most of the issues and is extremely well informed,” said State Sen. John Wightman after hearing Fischer’s talk.

When asked if Fischer would get elected, Wightman, refused to give a yes or a no.

“With the Republican registration edge, I’d say she’s the favorite,” he said.
Vice Chairman of the Dawson County GOP Scott Anderson said he thought Deb Fischer was the conservative Nebraska needed in the U.S. Senate.

“She believes in the values of Nebraskan’s and will be the voice we need to help stop the unsustainable spending in Washington,” Anderson said. “She believes in a limited federal government that protects its citizens and provides an environment for private enterprise to thrive and create jobs.”

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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.

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NFIB Endorses Deb Fischer

July 11, 2012

LINCOLN, Nebraska, July 11, 2012 - Today, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the nation’s leading small business advocacy association, endorsed Deb Fischer for U.S. Senate.

The NFIB has a bipartisan record of endorsing Nebraska candidates, having previously endorsed Democrat Ben Nelson for U.S. Senate in 2006.

In the race for U.S. Senate, Deb Fischer has established herself as the only pro-business, pro-growth candidate.

“I am honored to receive the endorsement of the NFIB,” said Deb Fischer. “Small businesses are the engines that fuel our economy and create jobs, but for too long Washington has stood in their way. I am committed to repealing Obamacare, providing tax relief for small businesses and cutting the regulatory burden on America’s entrepreneurs.”

The NFIB was the lead plaintiff in NFIB v. Sebelius, the recent landmark Supreme Court case in which the constitutionality of Obamacare was challenged.

A recent Gallup poll showed that nearly half of small business owners who are not hiring new employees say worries about the potential cost of health care and new government regulations are the reasons they are not hiring.

That is one of the reasons Sen. Fischer is committed to fully repealing Obamacare and replacing it with market-based reforms.

Sen. Fischer has established herself as an ally for small businesses in the Nebraska Legislature. In 2007, she helped pass the largest tax relief package in Nebraska history that included reducing property taxes and eliminating the estate tax.

Sen. Fischer has also worked to protect the private property of Nebraska small businesses and families. After the Kelo v. New London Supreme Court decision, Fischer passed a priority bill to protect private property rights from eminent domain.

With only one pro-small business candidate in the race, the NFIB is putting its support behind Fischer.

“Deb Fischer is the proven voice for small business in this race,” said Lisa Goeas, NFIB Vice President, Political and Grassroots. “Since being elected to Nebraska’s Unicameral in 2004, Deb has earned a 100 percent NFIB/NE voting record, and we trust that she will continue to advocate for NFIB’s priority issues such as tax reform, real and affordable solutions for health care, and reducing wasteful government spending in the United States Senate. With the balance of the United States Senate in question, small business needs Deb Fischer as its advocate now more than ever.”

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