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Why Isn’t Bob Kerrey Campaigning With President Obama?

August 13, 2012

From Economic Policies To Social Issues, Bob Kerrey Agrees With President Barack Obama On Everything

OMAHA, Nebraska, August 13, 2012 - Bob Kerrey is surprisingly absent during President Barack Obama’s visit to Council Bluffs, Iowa today.

Kerrey has endorsed President Obama for re-election and agrees with Obama on nearly every single issue.

Recently, Kerrey said that when it comes to President Obama’s policies, “I don’t what the heck I’d do differently.”

“Bob Kerrey can pretend to be a moderate on the campaign trail, but that doesn’t change the fact that he would be an automatic vote for the failed policies of Barack Obama and Harry Reid,” said Fischer campaign spokesman Daniel Keylin. “Whether it’s supporting President Obama’s healthcare bill and Wall Street bailouts, or opposing a commonsense balanced budget amendment, President Obama and Senate Democrats know they can count on Bob Kerrey to continue advancing their tax and spend, big-government agenda.”

Bob Kerrey
President Obama
Balanced Budget Amendment
Opposes

“Kerrey said it wasn’t necessary to put a balanced budget amendment in the Constitution. ‘We’ve just got to do it,’ he said…” (Jordan Pascale, “Kerrey talks small-business woes, entitlement reform to LIBA,” Lincoln Journal Star, 6/18/12)
Opposes

Obama: “We don’t need a balanced budget amendment,” he said. “We simply need to make these tough choices and be willing to take on our bases.” (Stephanie Condon, “Obama: We don’t need a balanced budget amendment,” CBS News, 7/15/11)
Cap and Trade
Supports

“I’m on the board of the Natural Resources Defense Council. And climate change legislation is the top of their agenda. I have the, I would say, unenviable task of trying to persuade a group of eight to 10 Senators to vote in the affirmative.” (Bob Kerrey, Remarks At Tishman Auditorium, New York City, 10/22/09)
Supports
“The White House pushed for cap and trade as part of a larger climate change bill in 2009.” (Charles Riley, “For Obama, some promise kept, some broken, CNN, 6/1/12).
Harry Reid
Supports

Kerrey: “We need more Harry Reids.” (Alexis Simendinger, “Reid Faces His Biggest Test In Health Care Reform,” The National Journal, 11/21/09)
Supports

Obama: “If I’m gonna help middle-class families all across this country live out their dreams, then I wanna have partner in the United State Senate named Harry Reid.” (President Obama, 10/26/10)
Obamacare
Supports

Kerrey: “‘I still believe the president is right, and that doing nothing is bad. It will get worse. The system itself is rewarding the wrong thing. There is good reason to change the system.’” (Kirk Victor, “Are Dems Risking A Lose-Lose Situation?” The National Journal, 8/1/09)
Supports

Obama: “Everyone in this room knows what will happen if we do nothing. Our deficit will grow. More families will go bankrupt. More businesses will close. More Americans will lose their coverage when they are sick and need it most. And more will die as a result. We know these things to be true.” (President Obama, Address to Joint Session of Congress on Health Care, 9/9/09)
Oil Drilling
Opposes

“Bob Kerrey opposes efforts to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling and fought for tough oil-spill liability legislation” (Kerrey For President, On Energy & the Environment, paragraph 7)
Opposes

“Obama opposes drilling in ANWR and the administration’s offshore leasing plans call for making more waters available in the western and central Gulf of Mexico and eventually off Alaska’s coast, while keeping the Atlantic and Pacific off limits through at least 2017.” (Ben Geman, “Sen. Graham: Obama’s ‘all of the above’ energy plan isn’t from the ‘heart’,” The Hill, 4/11/12)
Partial Birth Abortion
Supports

Kerrey voted twice against bills that would have banned partial-birth abortion. (S. 1692, CQ Vote #340: Passed 63-34: R 48-3; D 14-31; I 1-0, 10/21/99, Kerrey Voted Nay), (H.R. 1122, CQ Vote #71: Passed 64-36: R 51-4; D 13-32, 5/20/97, Kerrey Voted Nay)
Supports

“Now, when you describe a specific procedure that accounts for less than 1% of the abortions that take place, then naturally, people get concerned, and I think legitimately so. But the broader issue here is: Do women have the right to make these profoundly difficult decisions? And I trust them to do it.” (Barack Obama, 2007 South Carolina Democratic primary debate, on MSNBC Apr 26, 2007)
Raising Taxes
Supports

In 1993, Kerrey cast the deciding vote for President Clinton’s budget, which raised taxes by $241 billion, and what Kerrey called, “the biggest tax increase in the history of the country.” (H.R. 2264, CQ Vote #247: Adopted 50-50: R 0-44; D 50-6, 8/6/93), (NBC’S, “Meet The Press,” 1/23/00)
Supports

“Obamacare…includes at least 20 new taxes or tax increases on American families and employers.” (Peter Roff, “How Obamacare Taxes Hurt Seniors,” U.S. News & world Report, 7/10/12
Stimulus
Supports

Kerrey: “Well, you know, they had a terrible hand they got dealt, and I do think for the most part, you know, you look back on the stimulus plan. There is plenty to criticize in it, but God they had to do something.” (Fox Business Network’s, “Imus In The Morning,” 9/23/10)
Supports

Obama: “There is no disagreement that we need action by our government, a recovery plan that will help to jumpstart the economy.” (President-Elect Barack Obama, 1/9/09)
TARP
Supports

Kerrey: “I wasn’t crazy about TARP, I wasn’t crazy about the Stimulus, I wasn’t crazy about a lot of the things the Federal Reserve was doing, but I don’t know what the heck I’d do differently.” (Bob Kerrey Speech, 2012)
Supports

“…I don’t agree with some of the ways the TARP programs were managed, but I do agree with the broader rationale that we must provide banks with capital and the confidence necessary to start lending again.” (President Barack Obama, Speech at Georgetown University, 4/14/09)

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Fischer Campaign Announces Educators For Fischer Coalition

August 10, 2012

FISCHER: “Education has always been an issue I am passionate about, and I have a first-hand understanding of how important it is to empower teachers, parents, and administrators to make the decisions that are best for students. As a U.S. Senator, I will be an advocate for states to have more leeway in developing standards and policies that best suit the needs of their local school districts.”

LINCOLN, Nebraska, August 10, 2012 - Today, the Deb Fischer for U.S. Senate campaign announced the Educators For Fischer Coalition.

The Educators For Fischer Advisory Board will be recruiting additional Nebraska teachers, educators, and administrators to become a part of the Educators For Fischer Coalition.

State Senator Deb Fischer has an extensive background in education. Her mother, Florence Strobel, was an elementary school teacher in the Lincoln Public Schools System.

After moving to Valentine with her husband Bruce, Fischer became involved in in local and statewide education associations. She was originally elected to the Valentine Rural High School Board of Education, and later became state president of the Nebraska Association of School Boards.

In 1999, Fischer was honored with the Nebraska Association of School Boards Lifetime Achievement Award and the Nebraska Rural Community Schools Association Outstanding Board Member Award.

Fischer was also appointed by Governor Ben Nelson to serve on the Nebraska School Finance Review Committee.

She was also a commissioner on the Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education.

State Sen. Fischer has called on the Federal Government to give states and local school districts more freedom and flexibility to make their own decisions to best suit the needs of students.

“I’m honored to have the support of some of Nebraska’s top educators,” said U.S. Senate candidate Deb Fischer. “Education has always been an issue I am passionate about, and I have a first-hand understanding of how important it is to empower teachers, parents, and administrators to make the decisions that are best for students. As a U.S. Senator, I will be an advocate for states to have more leeway in developing standards and policies that best suit the needs of their local school districts.”

Nebraska Educators Talk About Why They Support Deb Fischer:

“State Senator Deb Fischer knows very well that local communities—not government bureaucrats—know what is best for students. I am confident that Deb will work with both Democrats and Republicans in Washington in finding ways to better our nation’s public education system.”
Robin Heidemann
Teacher at Johnson County Central
Elk Creek, NE

“Our country would be lucky to have a U.S. Senator like Deb who has been long-time leader in education. From serving on local school boards to serving on statewide education organizations, Deb knows what it will take to improve our nation’s educational system. Her impressive background combined with her bipartisan record in the Legislature will make her an outstanding representative in Washington.”
Dick Kamm
Past Superintendent of Columbus Lakeview Community Schools
Columbus, NE

“Deb Fischer has proven her commitment to providing Nebraska’s children with quality education. She understands that decisions are best made at the local level, and will continue to be an advocate for giving local school districts more freedom and flexibility so they can better serve students.”
Mark Quandahl
State Board of Education Member
Omaha, NE

Educators For Fischer Advisory Board

Senator Greg Adams
Retired Teacher & Current Chair of the Nebraska Legislature’s Education Committee
York, NE

Suzanne Gage
Past Board Member of Nebraska Christian Home Educators Association
Lincoln, NE

Robin Heidemann
Teacher at Johnson County Central
Elk Creek, NE

Dick Kamm
Past Superintendent of Columbus Lakeview Community Schools
Columbus, NE

Molly O’Holleran
State Board of Education Member
North Platte, NE

Mark Quandahl
State Board of Education Member
Omaha, NE

Dallas Watkins
Past Superintendent of Dundy County Public Schools
Benkelman, NE

Sarah Williams
National Distinguished Principal of the Year, National Association of Elementary School Principals
Ainsworth, NE

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Fischer Campaign Announces County Chairs For All Of Nebraska’s 93 Counties

August 8, 2012

“We’ve assembled one of the strongest grassroots teams Nebraska has ever seen, composed of leaders—both Republican and Democrat—from every county in the state.”

“Traveling over 60,000 miles across the state, Nebraskans have made it very clear to me that they want a U.S. Senator who will bring Nebraska to Washington and not Washington to Nebraska. Our grassroots team is energized and determined to make that a reality”

LINCOLN, Nebraska, August 8, 2012 - Today, the Deb Fischer for U.S. Senate campaign announced their County Chairs for all of Nebraska’s 93 counties.

The Fischer for U.S. Senate County Chairs will be leading get out the vote efforts in their respective counties.

Fischer’s impressive County Chair team demonstrates the incredible momentum the campaign has built since Fischer’s come-from-behind primary win.

The grassroots team also includes several Democrats who have crossed party lines to support bipartisan problem solver Deb Fischer.

“We’ve assembled one of the strongest grassroots teams Nebraska has ever seen, composed of leaders—both Republican and Democrat—from every county in the state,” said U.S. Senate candidate Deb Fischer. “Traveling over 60,000 miles across the state, Nebraskans have made it very clear to me that they want a U.S. Senator who will bring Nebraska to Washington and not Washington to Nebraska. Our grassroots team is energized and determined to make that a reality.”

Quotes From Deb Fischer for U.S. Senate County Chairs:

“There is only one Nebraskan in the U.S. Senate race who is fully committed to stopping federal government’s overreach and defending Nebraska values. Deb Fischer will make us proud in Washington, and I am honored to be her Saunders County Chairman.”
Hon. Curt Bromm
Wahoo, NE

“I’m a Democrat, but a Nebraskan first and foremost. That’s why I’m supporting Deb Fischer, a proven bipartisan leader in the Unicameral who will continue to work across party lines in Washington to better the lives of Nebraska families.”
Jim Hiatt
Spencer, NE

“Sen. Deb Fischer is a commonsense Nebraska conservative who will fight for smaller government, a balanced budget, and lower taxes. With Washington in disarray, Deb Fischer will be a Senator Nebraskans can trust to help get our country back on track.”
Dan Benes
Lincoln, NE

DEB FISCHER FOR U.S. SENATE COUNTY CHAIRS:

ADAMS
Sue Frink, Hastings

ANTELOPE
Reg Green, Creighton
Ed Nierodzik, Tilden

ARTHUR
Travis Wenzel, Hyannis
Kimberly Wenzel, Hyannis

BANNER
Bob Gifford, Gering

BLAINE
Gordon Bradley, Brewster
Margaret Bradley, Brewster

BOONE
Jay Wolf, Albion

BOX BUTTE
Mary Crawford, Alliance
Greg Olson, Alliance

BOYD
Jim Hiatt, Spencer

BROWN
Sid Salzman, Ainsworth

BUFFALO
Jack McSweeney, Kearney
Janice Wiebusch, Kearney
Deb VanMatre, Gibbon

BURT
Tim Anderson, Oakland
Deb Anderson, Oakland

BUTLER
Alan Zavodny, David City
Mark Holoubek, David City
Willow Holoubek, David City

CASS
Lou Allgayer, Lincoln
Brandon Benson, Louisville

CEDAR
Ron Brodersen, Hartington
Joan Brodersen, Hartington

CHASE
Kathy Christensen, Imperial
Wayne Bahler, Lamar

CHERRY
John Ravenscroft, Nenzel
Cheryl Ravenscroft, Nenzel

CHEYENNE
Pat Dorwart, Sidney
Peggy Popps, Sidney

CLAY
Dawn Caldwell, Edgar

COLFAX
Chuck Hamernik, Clarkson

CUMING
Mary Lauritzen, West Point

CUSTER
Barb Cooksley, Anselmo

DAKOTA
Doug Garwood, South Sioux City

DAWES
Steve Cleveland, Chadron

DAWSON
Bill Stewart, Lexington

DEUEL
Milton Rogers, Chappell
Anita Rogers, Chappell

DIXON
Debbie Borg, Allen

DODGE
John Grothusen, Fremont

DOUGLAS
Nancy McCabe, Omaha

DUNDY
Dallas Watkins, Benkelman

FILLMORE
Judy Glassburner, Geneva
Rochelle Monroe, Geneva
Kurt VanDeWalle, Ohiowa
Brandy VanDeWalle, Ohiowa

FRANKLIN
Henry Schenker, Franklin

FRONTIER
Doug Schultz, Curtis

FURNAS
Tom Patterson, Cambridge
Tom Shoemaker, Cambridge

GAGE
Doug Ferguson, Blue Springs
Amber Ferguson, Blue Springs
Jeff Davis, Beatrice

GARDEN
Mike Fischer, Oshkosh

GARFIELD
Skylar Loeffler, Burwell

GOSPER
Ken Rahjes, Elwood

GRANT
Eric Storer, Whitman
Tanya Storer, Whitman

GREELEY
Rick Vlach, Scotia
Tom Boyer, Spalding

HALL
Melissa Purdy-Griffith, Grand Island

HAMILTON
Curt Friesen, Aurora

HARLAN
Wayne Dietz, Orleans

HAYES
Rita Erickson, Hayes Center

HITCHCOCK
Tom Baker, Trenton

HOLT
John Madsen, Stuart

HOOKER
Dan Deibler, Mullen

HOWARD
Fred Meyer, Saint Paul
Tom Knutson, Saint Paul

JEFFERSON
Kim Allen, Fairbury
Ron Schwab, Fairbury

JOHNSON
Monty “Scotty” Gottula, Elk Creek

KEARNEY
John Kuehn, Heartwell

KEITH
Karen Knudsen, Ogallala

KEYA PAHA
Stan Tuton, Springview

KIMBALL
Beverly Atkins, Dix

KNOX
De Carlson, Crofton

LANCASTER
J.L. Spray, Lincoln
Dan Benes, Lincoln
Kathy Benes, Lincoln

LINCOLN
Tom Hansen, Wellfleet
Michelle McNea, North Platte

LOGAN
Karen Hough, Arnold

LOUP
John McFadden, Taylor

MADISON
Ron Stauffer, Norfolk
Diane Becker, Madison

MCPHERSON
Gail Nason, Tryon

MERRICK
Kent Malm, Central City

MORRILL
Robin Lapaseotes, Bridgeport

NANCE
Marilyn Sonderup, Fullerton

NEMAHA
Mary Gerdes, Johnson

NUCKOLLS
Betty Zadina, Superior

OTOE
Orv Gigstad, Syracuse
Carolyn Gigstad, Syracuse

PAWNEE
Mike Schilling, Pawnee City
Sharon Schilling, Pawnee City

PERKINS
Ted Tietjen, Grant
Dana Freiberg, Grant

PHELPS
Lori Erickson, Holdrege
Roy Brand, Holdrege

PIERCE
John Doerr, Osmond

PLATTE
Matt Jedlicka, Columbus

POLK
Scott Langemeier, Stromsburg
Steve Davies, Stromsburg

RED WILLOW
Mike O’Dell, McCook
Dennis Berry, McCook

RICHARDSON
Beth Sickel, Falls City

ROCK
Dennis Swanson, Bassett

SALINE
Brandon Draeger, Crete

SARPY
Tim Gilligan, Gretna
Jacquie Price, Bellevue

SAUNDERS
Curt Bromm, Wahoo

SCOTTS BLUFF
Brandi McCaslin, Scottsbluff

SEWARD
Dennis Richters, Utica

SHERIDAN
Vern Terrell, Hay Springs

SHERMAN
George McFadden, Loup City

SIOUX
Jackie Herren, Harrison

STANTON
Bob Paden, Stanton

THAYER
Gordy Fleming, Deshler
Jerry Catlett, Bruning

THOMAS
Al Atkins, Halsey
Sallie Atkins, Halsey

THURSTON
Naomi Brummond, Rosalie
Alyson Adams, Pender

VALLEY
Mike Wells, Ord

WASHINGTON
John Orr, Blair
Brenda Orr, Blair

WAYNE
Shari Dunklau, Wayne

WEBSTER
Jerry Schaefer, Blue Hill
Cheryl Schulenburg, Red Cloud

WHEELER
Jack Poulsen, Ericson
Cheryl Henrichs, Ericson

YORK
Ken Kunze, York

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