Midland University President Ben Sasse might run for United States Senate
Sasse, a Republican, says something must be done about what he calls a cultural crisis of work.
“The president is making it worse for poor people, for Middle Class people and for rich people,” Sasse tells Kevin Thomas, host of Drive Time Lincoln on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN. “We’ve got the most food stamps in American history and we’ve got no job creation for the Middle Class. We talk about people who have been successful building small businesses as if they’ve done it stealing from other people as opposed to living out a way that they serve their neighbor and sometimes get rewarded for it as well.”
Sasse became president of Midland in Fremont four years ago.
He plans to tour the state over about a 45-day period, talking with Nebraskans about a possible run to replace Sen. Mike Johanns, a Republican who has decided not to seek re-election in 2014.
Sasse has worked in Washington before. He served as Assistant Secretary of Health under President George W. Bush and says an issue he will emphasize if he runs is the federal health care law.
“So, I know the federal bureaucracies around health and you can’t implement a law this big and complicated and messy and there’s going to be an ultimate failure of Obamacare and we’re going to have to figure out how to pick up those pieces,” Sasse says.
Sasse says Congress needs to tackle the financial underpinnings of the country’s entitlement programs, such as Social Security and Medicare. He points out that when Social Security began and the retirement age set at 65 in the 1930s there were 16 workers for every retiree. That has diminished until now there are only three workers for every one retiree.
Sasse says he has high hopes for the country.
“I’m sick of segmenting Americans as if they’re only in it for their own narrow self-interest. Most people want to have a much bigger conversation about the meaning of America.”
Kevin Thomas contributed to this report.
AUDIO: Kevin Thomas interviews Ben Sasse on KLIN’s Drive Time Lincoln. [15 min.]