Republican Deb Fischer will receive support from business leaders in her campaign for United States Senate.
During news conferences in Omaha and Lincoln, a representative from the United States Chamber of Commerce announced the chamber’s endorsement of Fischer’s campaign over Democrat Bob Kerrey.
Past US Chamber of Commerce Board Chairman, Robert Milligan of Nature’s Variety of Lincoln, said Fischer easily won the US Chamber endorsement over Kerrey.
“Deb Fischer, as a business owner, a Nebraska business owner, gets it,” Milligan told reporters during a news conference in the warehouse of his campaign in Lincoln. “She understands the need to right-size government. She understands that you can’t spend more than you take in on a sustained basis. She understands that good jobs, sustainable jobs, come from the private sector.”
Milligan added that Fischer supports a comprehensive energy policy, fair trade, the reduction of regulations and bi-partisan work toward shrinking the federal government.
During a question and answer period, Fischer stopped short of endorsing Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s promise to create 12 million jobs if elected president. The Romney promise works out to about 250,000 jobs per month. Fischer stuck with her promise, not Romney’s during the news conference.
“I have my own plan, where I’m talking about reducing regulations and, especially the tax code, because those are the two big topics that I hear about as I travel around the state,” Fischer responded when asked about the promise Romney made during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida.
Fischer proposes reducing the corporate tax rate from 35% to 24% as well as reducing the number of regulations on businesses, which she contends has suppressed job creation.
Fischer criticized the Obama Administration for presiding over anemic job growth.
“We see 43 months, straight months, of unemployment over 8%. That certainly isn’t job growth,” Fischer stated. “We see numbers that go up, but yet for every job that’s created we have four people who have quit looking for employment. That doesn’t help this economy.”
Fischer contended the current administration punishes businesses with regulations, rather than aiding businesses to expand and create jobs.
The August jobs report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicated that businesses added 96,000 jobs in August, below the expectations of most economists and down from 141,000 in July.
AUDIO: US Chamber of Commerce news conference annoucing endorsement of Republican Deb Fischer. [9 min.]