State Sen. Deb Fischer has made it official, signing paperwork in the Secretary of State’s office to run as a Republican for United States Senate.
Fischer filed after the filing of Attorney General Jon Bruning and state Treasurer Don Stenberg, who have been firing salvos at each other over who is the “true conservative” in the Republican primary.
“It’s an interesting question, but I think it’s kind of off-base,” Fischer told reporters gathered outside the Secretary of State’s office in the Capitol. “The question should be who has a record of being a conservative? Who has that proven conservative record? And I think that’s important.”
Fischer asserted she has built a conservative record during her nearly eight years in the Unicameral.
Fischer struck some of the same themes others in the Republican have struck. She said the country is in a crisis and the United States needs effective leadership in Washington to cut spending and balance the federal budget. Fischer said Congress also needs to grow the economy and grow jobs. Fischer unveiled her own economic plan recently.
Fischer stated her background as a state senator, a wife and a mother makes her candidacy stand out in an increasingly crowded Republican field. She said a return to politics of Democrat Bob Kerrey would increase national attention, but wouldn’t affect the outcome. Fischer said she senses that Nebraskans want a change. Sen. Ben Nelson, the incumbent Democrat, decided to retire from public office.
The deadline to file for the May 15th primary election in the Secretary of State’s office is February 15th, except for incumbents who have until March 1st to file.
AUDIO: U.S. Senate candidate Deb Fischer announces her candidacy after officially filing. [1:30]