It hasn’t taken long for another Democratic candidate for United States Senate to change his mind.
This time, the candidate dropped out after saying he was in.
Democrat Chuck Hassebrook has announced he will withdraw from the race to support the candidacy of Bob Kerrey. Kerrey had earlier assured Hassebrook he wasn’t going to run only to change his mind and file. The change angered Hassebrook who asserted last week he would not drop out no matter who decided to get in. Today, Hassebrook announced he had reconsidered.
“I am endorsing Sen. Kerrey, because I believe that his election is what’s best for America and what’s best for Nebraska,” Hassebrook stated during a joint news conference with Kerrey in Omaha.
Hassebrook gave up an opportunity to run for re-election as a University of Nebraska Regent to run for United States Senate. Before taking the leap, Hassebrook got assurances from Kerrey that he wasn’t running. At the time, it appeared Hassebrook would be the top Democrat running to retain the seat incumbent Democrat Ben Nelson will give up to retire from public office. Then, last week, Kerrey announced he had a change of heart and would run.
At the news conference, Hassebrook stated that the country faces many critical choices and that it’s critical Nebraska send someone to Washington who will insist that we invest in the America’s future.
Hassebrook says America is the greatest nation in the world today, because generations have sacrificed to invest in creating something better for future generations.
“I want Bob Kerrey in the Senate, because he recognizes that we too have a responsibility to invest in creating something better for our children, and our grandchildren and our great grandchildren,” Hassebrook said.
He said the only regret he has about withdrawing is that he might be letting his supporters down.
“It isn’t often in life or in politics that you see something like what Chuck has just done and it’s quite moving,” Kerrey stated during the news conference.
Hassebrook said that he hoped to help in Kerrey’s campaign. He declined to address the controversy over whether Kerrey had gone back on his word in deciding to run. Kerrey declined to address the issue as well.
Hassebrook said he planned to return to the Center for Rural Affairs now that he has ended his campaign.
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: Joint news conference with Chuck Hassebrook and Bob Kerrey [10:30]