Former State Treasurer Shane Osborn has launched his campaign for United States Senate, with a strong emphasis on his military career and his background in finances.
Osborn, a Republican, officially kicked off his campaign at Veterans Memorial Park in Grand Island with two members of his VQ-1 flight crew.
Osborn made his mark in 2001 as a Navy pilot when he successfully landed his plane after colliding with a Chinese fighter jet. He and his crew spent 11 days in captivity before being released.
“I’ve stood tall to defend my country and I’m here today, standing with you,” Osborn told the crowd in Grand Island. “I ask you for your vote to be the next United States Senator, because I believe we can solve these big issues. I know we make our future brighter and I know that working together, we can move America forward.”
Osborn has entered a race wide open since Sen. Mike Johanns decided not to run for re-election in 2014 and retire from public office.
The nation’s fiscal condition is a top concern for Osborn.
“Our economic policies at the national level are backwards,” according to Osborn. “Instead of incenting small businesses to succeed, we’re strangling our economy with taxes. Nebraska has actually created jobs and lowered taxes while D.C. has done just the opposite. Washington needs to take a lesson from Nebraska and I’m prepared to deliver that message.”
Tyson Havranek, KHAS, contributed to this report.