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Nebraska Cattlemen Members To Host Events In Support Of Fischer

July 27, 2012

LINCOLN, Nebraska, July 27, 2012 - Individual members of Nebraska Cattlemen will be hosting three fundraising campaign events for Deb Fischer’s U.S. Senate campaign over the next two weeks in Alliance, Lexington and West Point.

For more information about these events please contact the Deb Fischer for U.S. Senate campaign office at 402-742-0084.

Deb Fischer and her husband Bruce are both ranchers and own a ranching business near Valentine. The Fischer family has been recognized for their conservation and environmental stewardship, receiving honors from the Nebraska Natural Resources Districts, Nebraska Cattlemen and the Society for Range Management.

As a member of the Nebraska Legislature, Deb Fischer has earned the reputation of being a champion for Nebraska Agriculture.

That’s why Nebraska Cattlemen members are showing their strong support for Fischer by helping organize campaign events.

Here is what some Nebraska Cattlemen members are saying about Deb Fischer:

“Deb understands the importance of agriculture to the economy of Nebraska and has worked to defend the interests of ranchers and farmers. Her view on a limited federal government which allows private enterprise to thrive appeals to me. Deb’s common sense approach to government is what we need more of in Washington.”
Wayne Crawford
Alliance, NE

“Deb Fischer is a down to earth Nebraska rancher who understands that agriculture is a fundamental driver of our economy. She has worked tirelessly to defend the interests of Nebraska ranchers and farmers, and we have confidence she’ll continue to do so in the Senate.”
Harry & Doris Knobbe
West Point, NE

“Deb is a citizen-legislator who has demonstrated time after time that she is more interested in representing her constituents than advancing any partisan agenda. We need more people like Deb in Washington to fight for Nebraska values.”
Al Svajgr
Cozad, NE

The support of Nebraska Cattlemen members follows other prominent agriculture and business leaders and groups that have backed Fischer’s campaign.

During the Republican U.S. Senate primary, the National Cattlemen Beef Association Political Action Committee provided important financial support to Fischer’s campaign.

Earlier this month, the National Federation of Independent Business, the nation’s leading small business advocacy group, announced their endorsement of Fischer.

And just yesterday, the Nebraska Farm Bureau, the state’s largest voluntary agricultural organization with more than 54,000 members, formally endorsed Deb Fischer in the U.S. Senate race.

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Nebraska Farm Bureau Endorses Deb Fischer For Senate

July 26, 2012

NEFB President Steve Nelson: “We are extremely excited to provide our support and backing to Deb Fischer as she seeks election to the U.S. Senate. She was the overwhelming choice of our members as we worked through our grassroots endorsement process.”

Deb Fischer: “Nebraska farmers and ranchers are uniting behind our campaign because they want to elect a U.S. Senator who will fight for the agriculture industry and make the tough decisions needed to get our nation’s economy back on track.”

KENESAW, Nebraska, July 26, 2012 - Today, the Nebraska Farm Bureau announced their endorsement of State Sen. Deb Fischer in the Nebraska U.S. Senate race.

The Nebraska Farm Bureau is the state’s largest voluntary agricultural organization, with more than 54,000 members across Nebraska.

“We are extremely excited to provide our support and backing to Deb Fischer as she seeks election to the U.S. Senate. She was the overwhelming choice of our members as we worked through our grassroots endorsement process,” said Nebraska Farm Bureau President Steve Nelson. “Our endorsement is based on numerous factors, but the one that stands above all is that Deb Fischer truly understands the needs of farmers and ranchers as she is the only candidate who has lived and worked in agriculture.”

As a state senator in the Nebraska Legislature, Fischer has proven herself to be a great friend of Nebraska’s agriculture community.

Sen. Fischer has led the passage of several bills that have given farmers more privacy and freedom by cutting bureaucratic red tape.

She also helped eliminate Nebraska’s estate tax, alleviating the tax burden on farmers and their families.

Fischer has also stood up for the property rights of farmers and small business owners, passing a bill that protects private property from eminent domain abuse.

Fischer, a rancher and small businesswoman from Valentine, has also been endorsed by the National Cattlemen Beef Association and the National Federation of Independent Business.

“I am greatly honored to receive the support of the Nebraska Farm Bureau,” said U.S. Senate candidate Deb Fischer. “Nebraska farmers and ranchers are uniting behind our campaign because they want to elect a U.S. Senator who will fight for the agriculture industry and make the tough decisions needed to get our nation’s economy back on track.”

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Has Bob Kerrey Ever Met A Tax He Didn’t Like?

July 25, 2012

Kerrey Supports Tax Increases

KERREY ON THE TAX HIKES TO COME:

“I know balancing the budget will not be easy…it’s likely we are going to have to pay a little more as well.”

KERREY ON MIDDLE CLASS TAX HIKES:

“If they notice, I’ll be surprised. And if they complain, I will be ashamed.”

Lincoln, NEBRASKA, July 25, 2012 - As Congress debates whether or not to extend the Bush tax cuts, President Obama knows he count on serial tax raiser Bob Kerrey to be a key ally.

During the 2012 U.S. Senate campaign, Kerrey has not-so subtly revealed that he’s ready and willing to join Obama and Harry Reid in raising taxes on the American middle class:

NE Watchdog: Are you ready to vote for a tax increase?
KERREY: Oh yeah, it’s going to take additional revenue.
(Joe Jordan, “Video Special…Kerrey’s Budget Plan: Spending Cuts First, then Higher Taxes,” Nebraska Watchdog, 5/16/12)

In a recent paid advertisement in the Omaha World-Herald, Kerrey hinted that Nebraskans should expect a tax hike if they send him back to Washington:

“I know balancing the budget will not be easy…it’s likely we are going to have to pay a little more as well.” (Bob Kerrey for U.S. Senate advertisement, Omaha World-Herald, 7/10/12)

Of course, many Nebraskans aren’t surprised that Bob Kerrey wants to raise their taxes.

In 1993, Kerrey was the deciding vote in what he himself called “the biggest tax increase in the history of the country.”

“$241 billion in additional taxes…” (H.R. 2264, CQ Vote #247: Adopted 50-50: R 0-44; D 50-6, 8/6/93, Kerrey Voted Yea)

KERREY: “…We vote for the biggest tax increase in the history of the country. It was an enormous political move. It was a good political move in my view on the part of the president and the vice president.” (NBC’S, “Meet The Press,” 1/23/00)

Kerrey said the middle class should be ashamed if they complained about higher taxes:

“Unlike most other lawmakers, who were concerned that the package asked too much sacrifice, Kerrey was angered that the only tax to be paid by the middle class in this plan is a 4.3-cent increase in the gas tax. ‘If they notice, I’ll be surprised,’ Kerrey said. ‘And if they complain, I will be ashamed.’” (Jill Dutt and Martin Kasindorf, “A Done Deal,” Newsday, 8/7/93)

Watch the video here.

Kerrey voted against eliminating the death and gift taxes.

“To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to phase out the estate and gift taxes over a 10-year period.” (H.R. 8, CQ Vote #197: Passed 59-39: R 50-3; D 9-35, 7/14/00, Kerrey Voted Nay)

Kerrey also voted to table an amendment that would make it easier for married couples to file their taxes.

“Vote to table an amendment that allows spouses who file a joint tax return to divide their combined income in half, as if filing separately.” (S. 3359, CQ Vote #242: Rejected 48-51: R 4-50; D 44-1, 7/29/98, Kerrey Voted Yea)

“Bob Kerrey has been dropping some not-so-subtle hints that he’s going to raise taxes on middle-class Nebraskans,” said Fischer campaign spokesman Daniel Keylin. “Nebraskans have a clear choice in this race. Bob Kerrey falsely thinks we can tax our way to prosperity. Deb Fischer understands raising taxes in a stagnant economy stifles growth and destroys opportunity for American families, small business owners, and entrepreneurs.”

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