November 26, 2014

Fischer says time in Tampa emphasizes importance of race (AUDIO)

Republican Deb Fischer said a few days in Tampa, Florida at the Republican National Convention reinforces her understanding that her campaign is important not just for Nebraska Republicans, but for the national party as well.

Fischer got a chance to address the national convention on Tuesday afternoon, among the candidates being highlighted by the GOP during its week in the national spotlight.

Afterward, Fischer ducked into a stairwell, out of the noisy corridors of the Tampa Bay Times Forum, to speak with Nebraska Radio Network via cell phone.

Fischer reemphasized what she stated in her brief speech before the convention, that the Obama Administration is out of touch with the business leaders, farmers and workers of America, saddling them with regulations and taxes. She said the country can either continue to follow the failed policies in place now or make the tough decisions necessary to lead responsibly. The toughest decision, according to Fischer, will be to cut federal spending.

Fischer told us her candidacy has attracted a lot of attention at the convention. The Senate race in Nebraska is seen as vital to Republican efforts to win control of the United States Senate from Democrats.

“I’ve always said that it’s an important race for the state of Nebraska, but this is also a very, very important race for the country as a whole,” Fischer stated.

The seat now belongs to Democrat Ben Nelson, but he has decided to retire from public office. The former occupant of the seat, Democrat Bob Kerrey, has returned to the state to again run for the office.

Fischer acknowledged that the attention her campaign has attracted in Tampa adds to the pressure on her campaign.

“There’s a lot of pressure, but there is so much encouragement from people across the state and that keeps me going,” Fischer said.

Fischer said she will return to Nebraska soon to keep campaigning.

AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:40]

AUDIO: Brent Martin interviews Senate candidate Deb Fischer from the GOP National Convention in Tampa, FL [10 min.]