United States Senate candidate Jon Bruning brushes aside suggestions that Governor Dave Heineman is reconsidering whether to enter the race. Both Bruning and Heineman are Republicans. Bruning, the state Attorney General, says the US Senate race is about one man and it’s not Governor Heineman.
“Well, Dave Heineman is a great governor and he’s done a heck of a job and I think ultimately what this race is about is whether or not Ben Nelson is going to be held accountable for his votes for big government and for Obamacare,” Bruning replies when asked during the Nebraska Farm Bureau annual meeting being held in Kearney.
Bruning is considered the leading Republican in the race. Most public opinion polls suggest he would win a race with incumbent Democrat Ben Nelson next year, though Nebraska Democrats say their recent polling indicates Nelson is in a strong position to win re-election in 2012. Nelson has not formally announced whether he will run for re-election, a decision expected later this month.
Other prominent Republicans in the Senate race include state Treasurer Don Stenberg and state Senator Deb Fischer of Valentine. Public opinion polls which include Heineman in the mix place the governor in a stronger position than any Republican in the race.
Ken Anderson with Brownfield Ag News contributed to this report.