November 26, 2015

Sen. Marco Rubio says America must change or decline (AUDIO)

Marco Rubio speaks to Nebraska Republicans

Marco Rubio speaks to Nebraska Republicans

Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio took a break from campaigning in Iowa to cross the state line and speak to a gathering of Nebraska Republicans, telling them America must face its problems or become a nation in decline.

Rubio was the headline speaker at the Nebraska Republican Party’s Founders’ Day event at the LaVista Embassy Suites and Convention Center.

Rubio told his fellow Republicans the GOP must shoulder some of the blame for the problems facing the United States, especially the national debt which he says has grown under both Republican and Democratic leadership.

“But there is no doubt in my mind, and there should not be in yours, that many if not most of the problems we face today are directly the result of the failed policies of the Left, and in particular the failed policies of this president,” Rubio stated, referring to President Barack Obama, a Democrat.

Rubio said the economy is changing rapidly in the 21st Century, spawning its own, unique problems, but also presenting incredible opportunity for the United States.

Rubio stated the country must make its economy more competitive, better train its workers, and increase its national security.

To tackle the national debt, Rubio stated federal entitlements, such as Social Security and Medicare, must undergo reform. As an example, Rubio said his 85-year-old mother relies on Social Security and he said he wouldn’t do anything that would cut her Social Security check.

“We can save Social Security and Medicare and we can balance our budget and we don’t have to change anything for her or for anyone like her or for people who are about to retire,” according to Rubio. “But, here is the other truth, Medicare and Social Security are not going to be the same for me as it was for her. One way or the other, it either won’t exist or we reform it.”

Rubio decried proposed cuts to the military and to its intelligence gathering capability, saying they undermine the nation’s ability to respond to increased threats from Russia, China, and Iran.

“The world is growing more dangerous and we’re growing weaker, militarily. And then we’re making ourselves even more weak through a feckless foreign policy,” according to Rubio. “I even strain to call it a foreign policy because there’s nothing policy-oriented about it. We have a president that has left our allies feeling bewildered and betrayed and our adversaries feeling emboldened and potent.”

Rubio said the country has confronted great challenges from its beginning. He said it is time for this generation to do its part to continue the tradition of making the country better for the next.

AUDIO:  U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida speaks to the Nebraska Republican Party’s Founders’ Day. [42 min.]


Sen. Fischer urges voters to watch GOP presidential debate tonight

GOP frontrunner Donald Trump campaigns in Iowa/Photo courtesy of Radio Iowa

GOP frontrunner Donald Trump campaigns in Iowa/Photo courtesy of Radio Iowa

United States Sen. Deb Fischer says the 2016 presidential election is important.

But, then again, Fischer believes voters need to take every election seriously.

“I’m a believer that every election is important,” Fischer tells Nebraska Radio Network. “Whether it’s a presidential election, an election for a new senator or governor, school board member, NRD member; every election is important. And that’s why I always encourage people to go out and be informed and then make a wise choice when they’re voting.”

Tonight, the Republicans presidential candidates debate once again, this time in a debate sponsored by The Fox Business Network and the Wall Street Journal.

Fischer, a Republican, urges voters to tune in to the debate.

“So I hope people watch the debate. The more you can learn about a candidate and where that candidate stands on issues, the better voter you will be. The more understanding you have of the issues, the better voter you will be. So I think it’s just extremely important.”

Senator Sasse reacts to protests at University of Missouri

The president and chancellor at the University of Missouri both resigned after protests by students who say little was done to stop racially charged events on campus. Nebraska U-S Senator Ben Sasse gives his take on the situation by saying it is OK to hear opinions you don’t like at different times and it is OK to debate these issues.

Senator Sasse says, “Ultimately, trigger warnings, micro-aggressions and all of these theories that anything that anyone says might be so offensive that you shouldn’t say it sort of misses the fundamental point of what America is all about. The American idea is about the fact we have rights by nature and government and public life are supposed to be a framework for ordered liberty so we can go out and debate these things. It is OK to disagree.”

Senator Sasse says while sides can disagree, there is no need to “shut down the world and squelch everybody else.” He says there are big challenges facing this country right now and those should be the issues of concern.

Former Gov. Heineman declines to say whether he would run again

Gov. Dave Heineman

Gov. Dave Heineman

Former Gov. Dave Heineman won’t say he would run for governor again.

And won’t say he won’t.

Heineman, a Republican, served as governor for 10 years. He could run again after sitting out a term.

Would he?

“Well, I don’t think you ever say never,” Heineman tells Kevin Thomas, host of Drive Time Lincoln at Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN. “I enjoy it. I stay close to it. I like it. I think we made a difference during the time I was governor. And I enjoyed the time when I was Lt. Governor and state Treasurer and the progress that we have made there. I’m going to continue to be active. I’m going to pay attention. It’s important to our state. I care about Nebraska. That has always been my focus and I want to make sure we continue to grow.”

Heineman says he frequently speaks with business and political leaders about various issues.

“And particularly I received a lot of calls regarding this ConAgra situation and what it means,” Heineman says, referring to the decision by ConAgra to move its headquarters from Omaha to Chicago. “We’ve got to stay on top of it. We have to stay ahead of the power curve. Again, we have to look at our individual tax rates in this state that are too high, particularly for higher paying jobs. And we’ve got to create an environment where businesses want to grow here, not go to Chicago or somewhere else.”

Heineman declines to answer the question of whether he would run for governor again.

“You know, right now, that’s not my focus,” Heineman says. “Again, you never say never to something like that. But, again, right now I’m enjoying my time as a private citizen. I appreciate the opportunity to help other elected officials, to share whatever experience I have that may be helpful to them. And, again, I want to do all I can to make sure Nebraska is moving forward. That’s important to me.”

Former Gov. Heineman sees GOP field shifting ahead of debate

Former Gov. Dave Heineman talks with reporters

Former Gov. Dave Heineman talks with reporters

Former Governor Dave Heineman expects a vigorous debate among Republican presidential hopefuls tonight in Colorado.

CNBC sponsors the debate on the University of Colorado campus in Boulder.

Heineman, a Republican, plans to attend.

“Well, I think you’re going to see a lot of fireworks. I think you’re seeing the complexion of the race changing,” Heineman tells Kevin Thomas, host of Driver Time Lincoln on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN. “For the first time, Donald Trump is no longer the leader, both nationally and in certain states, particularly over in Iowa. I have talked to a number of my friends over in Iowa and for months, at least the last six weeks, they’ve been telling me Ben Carson is making quite a move and it’s showing up in the polls.”

Heineman expects Florida Senator Marco Rubio and Texas Senator Ted Cruz to make a move up in the polls after the debate.

In general, there are 14 candidates vying for the GOP nod for president. There will be 10 on stage in Colorado tonight.

Heineman says Trump’s style, which led to his quick rise to the top of the GOP field, might now be working against him.

“I think Donald Trump is beginning to falter. Donald’s got a good message, but he insults too many people. I think that’s a serious mistake he’s making.”