The Republican race for U-S Senate brought a familiar face back to Nebraska politics — and a newcomer. Former Lincoln Mayor, former Nebraska Governor and former U-S Ag Secretary Mike Johanns won the GOP nomination. Johanns says: “We’re ready to go to work. Tomorrow, I start up again. I’ll be out of bed at 5am and hitting the road and again going state-wide to thank people and to talk about my message for my fall campaign.”
Johanns says there are a number of issues he will now focus on as the general election approaches in
November. He says: “If you believe federal spending is out of control… join my campaign. If you believe that the tax reductions of 2001 and 2003 were the right policy, and then join my campaign. If you believe you are paying too much at the pump and our energy policy is messed up and got us there, then join my campaign. If you believe that big government is not the solution to health care issues, then join my campaign.”
In November, Johanns’ opponent will be Democrat Scott Kleeb. Johanns say Kleeb entered politics after he left the state and their paths have never crossed but he has done enough homework to know that there will be differences in ideas on government. “There is just no doubt,” Johanns says, “this will be a campaign based on the issues and very clearly, my positions on these issues are vastly different from where he is coming from.
Johanns defeated Pat Flynn in the GOP primary election.