He was out, now he’s in. Bob Kerrey has decided to return to Nebraska and return to politics.
Kerrey, a former governor and United States Senator, has entered the Democratic primary for United States Senate. Kerrey earlier had said he wouldn’t run due to family considerations.
“My measure was that it was not going to be a good experience for my family, mostly because my wife felt very strongly that way,” according to Kerrey. “And she’s the one who turned me around. She’s the one who said, look, if this is going to make you happy, we can manage it.”
Kerrey tells Nebraska Radio Network in an interview the economy and the federal government’s proper role in it will be a big issue in the campaign. Kerrey contends that without the government’s intervention, the nation would have slipped into a depression with millions of jobs lost.
Kerrey enters the Democratic Party with Chuck Hassebrook, who received assurances from Kerrey before deciding not to run for re-election as a University of Nebraska Regent. Hassebrook stated earlier this week he will remain in the race. Kerrey says the primary should never be an exclusive property of any one human being.
Kerrey said in a written statement he came to realize his previous decision was the easy one, not the right one.
Does he worry his indecision will turn off Nebraska voters?
“I just can’t worry about that,” Kerrey says. “I know that I’m now in the race and I’m going to make the case, here’s what I think I can do, here’s what I’m willing to do and if I get chosen to represent Nebraska in the Senate, I will. If I don’t; no hard feelings.”
The top Republicans in the race are Attorney General Jon Bruning, state Treasurer Don Stenberg and state Senator Deb Fischer. Businessman Pat Flynn and truck driver Spencer Zimmerman are also Republican candidates for U.S. Senate.
AUDIO: Brent Martin interviews Bob Kerrey [8:30]