Democrat Bob Kerrey says his debate with Republican Deb Fischer should only be the beginning of exchanges between the two United States Senate candidates.
Kerrey says the debate at the State Fair in Grand Island this past weekend demonstrates the differences between them.
“She’s holding a partisan Republican position,” Kerrey says of Fischer’s no-tax pledge. “That may be enough to carry the day, but I do not believe it will result in balancing the budget.”
Kerrey criticizes Fischer for stating she will refuse to raise taxes to balance the budget. Kerrey says Democrats and Republicans must compromise to reach a budget deal.
Kerrey calls the State Fair debate a beginning, not an end.
“I’d think it would be important to have additional debates,” Kerrey says. “I actually would like it if we stand up there and debate, back and forth, you got a minute, I got a minute. Let’s show Nebraskans what the differences are. I think it would be important to have additional debates.”
The two sides disagree on who is holding up additional debates. The Fischer camp says it has agreed to two more debates. The Kerrey camp says no details have been worked out.
Fischer is scheduled to speak to the National Republican Convention in Tampa, Florida. Tropical Storm Isaac threatened to cancel her speaking engagement, originally scheduled for this afternoon, but the Fischer campaign says it has been rescheduled for early tomorrow afternoon.
Kerrey says he hasn’t received an invitation to speak at the Democratic National Convention.
“My guess is that they wouldn’t permit what I have to say,” Kerrey says. “I don’t right at the moment have a partisan appeal to the Democratic Party. My appeal to the Democratic Party is we’ve got to get this budget balanced, we’ve got to get the immigration problem solved, we’ve got to simplify our tax code and we’ve got to work with the Republicans to get it done.”
Fischer is now scheduled to speak to fellow Republicans in Tampa between 2 and 3pm CST.
AUDIO: Democrat Bob Kerrey speaks with reporters after the State Fair debate. [4:30]