Governor Heineman reiterated his assertion that he has the best job in America, but he won’t rule out reconsidering a run for another job.
Heineman has declined to get into the crowded Republican field for United States Senate, but confirmed during a news conference at the Capitol that national Republican leaders have talked with him about reconsidering his decision.
“Those arguments are certainly ones I listen to and persuasive, but again I think I’ve indicated over and over and over and over again, I have the best job in America and I love being the governor of this state,” Heineman told reporters when pressed about a story reported in the New York Times’ political blog.
Heineman told reporters that Nebraskans remain upset with Sen. Ben Nelson, the incumbent Democrat, for being the final vote needed by the Obama Administration to approve federal health care legislation. Heineman said Nelson’s negotiations which secured Medicare funding for Nebraska, called the Cornhusker Kickback by the law’s critics, embarrassed Nebraska. The Obama Administration later rescinded the deal.
Heineman also said that the focus should be on the announced Republicans in the field: Attorney General Jon Bruning, Treasurer Don Stenberg, State Senator Deb Fischer and businessman Pat Flynn. Heineman asserted that any of those candidates could defeat Nelson, if Nelson indeed runs for re-election. The senator has stated he would make a formal announcement later this month.
Heineman said recent public opinion polls confirm Nelson is vulnerable.
“People have not forgotten the Cornhusker Kickback and what’s happening with Obamacare,” Heineman stated. “And they’re upset and they’re frustrated and they want a Untied States Senator who’s going to listen to them.”
During nearly ten minutes of taking questions, Heineman refused to directly answer whether he would reconsider and get in the race.