Fischer surprised just about everyone by coming from behind to win the Republican primary for United States Senate, defeating two statewide officeholders. Fischer said she will go to Washington as a conservative bent on change if elected in November.
“We need to make a change in Washington. We need to change the way Washington does business if we’re going to turn this country around,” Fischer told reporters during a news conference held by Nebraska Republicans. “Nebraskans know that. Nebraskans have common sense. Nebraskans understand what needs to be done.”
Fischer’s stance smacks Democrat Bob Kerrey has uncompromising, which he said won’t address the nation’s problems.
“The differences for me are connected to the issues,” Kerry stated during a campaign stop in Lincoln the day after the primary. “I believe you have to cross party lines in order to balance this budget. Based upon my experience as governor and senator, it’s the only way you’re going to be able to get it done. Stand insider your caucus and say you’re right and everybody else is wrong, all you’re going to be able to do is maybe score political points. You won’t solve the problem.”
On the issues, the candidates stake our stark contrasts.
Fischer calls for the repeal of the federal health care overhaul approved two years ago. Kerrey claims it would be a moral and economic disaster to repeal the law, though he suggests modifications should be made to the law. Kerrey advocates working to narrow the “wealth gap” which he says is a growing problem in the country. Fischer suggests such talk smack of wealth distribution.
The two do agree on one other thing. Both believe outside money will flow into the state during the general election, something Nebraskans heard on their radio and saw on their television during the Republican primary race.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:35]