Democrat Bob Kerrey insists he will be more willing to work across the political aisle than his opponent in the United States Senate race.
Kerrey isn’t impressed that a number of state senators have endorsed fellow-Republican Deb Fischer for U. S. Senate.
“Well, I mean the big question is who can you work with on the Democratic side to balance the budget? That’s what you have to be able to do. I’ve endorsed Republican proposals and would, if I get elected, be in a position to work with Republicans to get the job done,” Kerrey says.
Kerrey also dismisses Fischer’s contention that her work in the Unicameral has proven she can work with Democrats.
“Well, there is no (political) aisle in the Nebraska legislature,” says Kerrey. “There isn’t a Republican leader or a Democratic leader and it’s much easier as a consequence.”
Unlike Congress, the Nebraska Unicameral is officially non-partisan, though the political allegiance of the state senators is well known. Since it is non-partisan, it does not have a Republican Caucus and a Democratic Caucus.
Fischer, this week, received the endorsement of 70 current and former members of the Unicameral, all Republican.
Kerrey contends that Fischer has boxed herself into a corner by signing a pledge sponsored by conservative lobbyist Grover Norquist to oppose any tax increases and by endorsing a balanced budget amendment that would limit federal government spending to 18% of the Gross Domestic Product. The federal government now spends slightly more than 25% of GDP.
Kerrey has outlined a proposal to cut $1.13 trillion from the federal budget over the next 10 years, mainly by following the recommendations from the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, better known as the Simpson-Bowles Commission after its co-chairs. Kerrey also proposes a $6.9 billion cut to congressional pensions, a 20% cut to agency overhead which would total $8 billion and $3.8 billion in cuts from the budgets of Congress and the White House. He endorses a pay freeze for members of Congress.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:40]