He has led in poll after poll and Attorney General Jon Bruning expects to be the Republican nominee for United States Senate.
Attorney General Jon Bruning has been campaigning for Senate for a year.
“I love it. I’m energized. I’m not tired. I’m not hoping the end is near,” Bruning tells Nebraska Radio Network. “I love getting out and about around Nebraska.”
Bruning says the exit of incumbent Democrat Ben Nelson from the field and flirtation of Democrat Bob Kerrey with a return to politics, even the possibility of other Republicans entering the race, won’t affect his campaign. Nelson decided to retire from public office rather than run for a third term. Kerrey, former U.S. Senator and governor, is complicating a return to the state and a return to politics.
“I’m in it for the long haul. I’m in it to win it,” Bruning says. “We’re going to keep working hard. There’s only four months to the primary, give or take, and so we’re just going to keep pressing on. I feel very good about the reception we’re getting from Nebraskans every day. They know they need somebody with the courage to go and change Washington and stand up to the standard way of doing business. They believe I’m that person and they’re right.”
Bruning says federal spending, which has driven the national debt to $15 trillion, is the top issue that concerns Nebraskans. He favors a balanced budget amendment. Bruning opposes the federal health care overhaul. As Attorney General, Bruning led Nebraska to join other states in filing a lawsuit against it that the United States Supreme Court should decide this year.
In his interview with Nebraska Radio Network, Bruning says he might have been inarticulate when using raccoons in an analogy about welfare recipients. He calls the remark inarticulate and says he mean to get across his belief that welfare shouldn’t become a lifestyle. As for criticism from Democrats about the vacation home he shares with two Nelnet executives, Bruning says Democrats are simply throwing mud, hoping something will stick.