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Sen. Mike Johanns Calls For Bob Kerrey To Apologize And Pull His Negative TV Ads

October 25, 2012

“I’ve know Bob for 30 years…I’m extremely disappointed in him. This is not the kind of campaign that he has run in the past, and it’s not right. He should say sorry, he should acknowledge that the ad he put out there is not accurate and wrong on the facts, and he should apologize to Senator Fischer. He should finish the last few days of this campaign with some sense of dignity about how we conduct races in Nebraska. At the end of the day, that’s what I’m asking Bob Kerrey to do.”

LINCOLN, Nebraska, October 25, 2012 - Today at a press conference, U.S. Senator Mike Johanns called on Bob Kerrey to stop his negative campaigning and pull the false attack ads he has been running against State Senator Deb Fischer. Senator Johanns made the following comments:

“I think Bob Kerrey unfortunately reached the conclusion that the only way he could win was to win really ugly.”

“I’ve know Bob for 30 years…I’m extremely disappointed in him. This is not the kind of campaign that he has run in the past, and it’s not right. He should say sorry, he should acknowledge that the ad he put out there is not accurate and wrong on the facts, and he should apologize to Senator Fischer. He should finish the last few days of this campaign with some sense of dignity about how we conduct races in Nebraska. At the end of the day, that’s what I’m asking Bob Kerrey to do.”

“I’ll guarantee Nebraskans that when Deb Fischer comes to the Senate, Deb and I will be Senators for all Nebraskans…There won’t be a pair that works harder in the United States Senate to represent their state. That’s the kind of character and determination Deb Fischer brings to her candidacy and will bring to the United States Senate, and I think she’s going to be a great partner as we work together.”

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Scottsbluff Star-Herald endorses Deb Fischer for U.S. Senate

October 23, 2012

Though the Nebraska Republican Party has certainly tried, it’s hard to find anything bad to say about Bob Kerrey.

A lifelong Nebraskan, he served his nation with distinction as a Navy SEAL during the Vietnam War, earning the Medal of Honor and a Bronze Star. He served with distinction as the state’s 35th governor nearly three decades ago and later in the U.S. Senate. He’s smart, eloquent and has a good grasp of the nation’s problems. If elected, he would probably do a great job.

But when he resigned from the Senate in 2001, he chose to leave the state for almost a decade to lead a university in New York state. That doesn’t disqualify him from coming back to reclaim his job in the Senate, but for many Nebraskans it does raise the bar. His return to Nebraska was awkward and seemed more calculated to hold retiring Sen. Ben Nelson’s seat for the Democratic Party than a genuine return to his roots. To be successful, he’ll have to convince a majority of Nebraskans that he’s more interested in returning to Nebraska than returning to Washington. We don’t believe that he’s made that case.

His opponent, Deb Fischer, caught our attention when she led an effort in the Nebraska Legislature to carve out funding for highways in the state budget. She had to buck the state’s education establishment, which saw the diversion of a quarter-cent of sales tax money as an assault on the schools, and the state’s urban lawmakers, who have been loath to invest anything to improve the economy of rural Nebraska. Her Senate campaign has focused on job growth, spending cuts, keeping taxes low and fixing the nation’s broken economy.

We endorsed Fischer in the primary against two big-city establishment Republicans, because we believed that all that Don Stenberg and Jon Bruning brought to the table was a strong desire to be a U.S. senator. While they were slinging mud at each other, Fischer, a rancher from Valentine, kept it classy. While we don’t agree with all of her positions in this campaign, Fischer proved her mettle in the Legislature and would be a strong voice for rural America in the Senate, where such voices are lacking.

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World-Herald editorial: Fischer tough and effective

October 21, 2012

Nebraskans are fortunate this year to have two serious, qualified candidates seeking their votes for the state’s next U.S. senator.

Democrat Bob Kerrey and Republican Deb Fischer have offered voters a robust, intelligent, largely on-point debate of the critical issues facing the nation.

We recommend Fischer, a Valentine rancher and two-term state senator.

Bob Kerrey deserves the thanks of Nebraskans. He is a native son who earned the Medal of Honor in service to the nation, served his state as its governor and served both the state and the nation as a U.S. senator.

But the Democrat walked away from that job in 2001 after two terms, for personal and professional reasons that are perfectly understandable. He left behind critical issues — those on which he had shown leadership and which remain on the front burner today: Social Security and Medicare reform, health care, national security, the nation’s intelligence-gathering machinery. If he had remained a senator, he could have had a major impact on them all.

His somewhat clumsy return to Nebraska after a decade in New York City — first deciding not to run, then a last-minute change of heart and address — has left many Nebraskans thinking he only came back to be a senator again.

Fischer, the Republican candidate, has proved herself to be a smart, hardworking and able legislator during two terms in the Nebraska Legislature, someone who has earned the respect of friend and foe alike with her lawmaking skills.

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