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Deb Fischer Wins Straw Poll!

March 27, 2012

Deb Fischer Posts Big Win at Washington County GOP Debate and Straw Poll!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 – Today, Senator Deb Fischer announced an overwhelming victory at last night’s Washington County GOP Debate and Straw Poll, which was the largest GOP straw poll held in Nebraska this year.

Throughout the debate, Senator Fischer discussed her life experiences, conservative leadership and vision for Nebraska’s future.  Voters responded to her strong debate performance, as Senator Fischer won 58% of the votes cast.  The results are listed below:


Deb Fischer 46 (58%)

Pat Flynn 17 (22%)

Don Stenberg 13 (16%)

Jon Bruning 3 (4%)

“I am incredibly pleased and humbled by the overwhelming support I received at the Washington County GOP Debate and Straw Poll.  Our victory in that contest shows the voters aren’t looking for another career politician and that’s why my candidacy is resonating with Nebraskans,” said Senator Fischer.  “My campaign has strong momentum because I have been traveling the state, visiting with Nebraskans and organizing at the grassroots level across all 93 counties.  That’s how we will win this race for U.S. Senate in the primary and general election.”

Last night’s straw poll win continues the strong momentum for Senator Fischer’s campaign for U.S. Senate.  Last week, she received the endorsement of Maggie’s List, a national organization dedicated to electing Republican women.


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Maggie’s List Endorses Deb Fischer for U.S. Senate

March 24, 2012

Maggie’s List Endorses Deb Fischer for U.S. Senate

Maggie’s List, a federal political action committee dedicated to electing conservative women to federal office, is proud to announce the endorsement of state Senator Deb Fischer for Nebraska’s open U.S. Senate seat. This endorsement signals the national appeal and statewide need for Senator Fischer’s conservative leadership that is reinforced by her small business ranching experience and courageous service in the Nebraska Unicameral.

“Deb Fischer is a strong candidate who will work to turn the country around and help put an end to the runaway spending and anti-freedom agenda of the Obama administration and Democrat dominated U.S. Senate. Deb delivers a potent combination of fiscal conservatism, less government, more personal responsibility and strong national security that we look for in national caliber candidates. She has all the right ingredients for victory,” says Sandra B. Mortham, Chairman of Maggie’s List and former Florida Secretary of State.

Senator Fischer states, “It is an honor to be endorsed by Maggie’s List and build this campaign’s momentum toward serving Nebraskans in the U.S. Senate. Congress and President Obama are spending and borrowing our country into $16 Trillion in debt and we can’t count on the same career politicians to get us out of the problem we are in. I am proud to be a different type of leader. I will use my life experiences, conservative leadership and Nebraska commonsense to form serious policy solutions to address the vital issues facing our nation.”

About Maggie’s List:
Maggie’s List is a Federal Political Action Committee created to raise awareness and funds to increase the number of conservative women elected to federal public office. Maggie’s List was founded in 2010 by a group of women with a fiscally conservative economic vision and a desire to address the underrepresentation of women in Congress. Recent endorsements include Linda Lingle, Hawaii Senate and Linda McMahon, Connecticut Senate. For more information please visit


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March 13, 2012


With energy costs rising, Kerrey supports job-killing policy harmful to Nebraska

March 13, 2012 – Today, Senator Deb Fischer, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, blasted Bob Kerrey’s strong support for Cap and Trade legislation.

“With the price of gas approaching $4.00 a gallon in Nebraska, Congress needs to develop a comprehensive energy plan that lowers costs,” Senator Fischer said.   “However, implementing Cap and Trade would be devastating to Nebraska’s economy and drive up costs for consumers.   It will raise energy prices by 30%, increase taxes by over $1 trillion, and eliminate thousands of American jobs.  Bob Kerrey’s support of cap and trade is completely irresponsible.  A more productive approach to lowering energy costs is eliminating needless regulations and increasing domestic production of energy, which I detailed in my plan to reduce energy costs.”

In a recent Omaha World-Herald article, Kerrey cited climate change as one of the reasons he entered the U.S. Senate Race.

            “Kerrey said climate change is among the compelling problems facing the country that prompted him to enter the race to succeed retiring Sen. Ben Nelson,    also a Democrat. ‘Whether you solve it with cap and trade or some alternative, if   you don’t solve it, I think it’s one that in short order we’re going to regret not doing,’ Kerrey said.”

            -Omaha World-Herald, March 12, 2012, Click here for full article

During his many years in New York, Kerrey has been an outspoken advocate for a federal cap and trade program.  According to video from a recent Kerrey speech to New School, he was recently lobbying U.S. Senators to vote for cap and trade.

            “I’m on the board of National Resources Defense Council, and climate change legislation is the top of their agenda.  And uh, I have the uh, I would say unenviable task of trying to persuade 8 to 10 Senators to vote in the affirmative.” 

            -Bob Kerrey Speech to New School, Click here for full video

“While Bob Kerrey’s been on the East Coast, he’s been attempting to appease liberal activists by giving speeches boasting about his lobbying efforts for cap and trade.  Meanwhile, in Nebraska, energy costs skyrocket on Nebraska families, seniors and businesses. Bob Kerrey is completely out-of-touch with Nebraska on his support for Cap and Trade,” said Senator Fischer.

Even Ben Nelson opposed Cap and Trade, citing in a May 2010 column that such legislation would “adversely impact states like Nebraska.”

At this point, it’s difficult to see how the cap and trade system could avoid hurting states like Nebraska.  I am skeptical that putting a ‘cap’ on greenhouse gas emissions and then having a system for power plants and others to ‘trade’  allowances for emissions they produce will work without adversely impacting states like Nebraska.”

            -Ben Nelson Column, Click here for full column

“I disagree with Ben Nelson on many issues, but I agree with his assessment that cap and trade would seriously damage Nebraska,” Senator Fischer said.  “If elected to the U.S. Senate, I will put Nebraska’s interests first and fight against cap and trade.  If Bob Kerrey is elected to the U.S. Senate, he will fight for a cap and trade program that is devastating to Nebraska.”


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