Is the Republican Party divided?
The recent clash over how best to handle fiscal matters in Washington, especially the latest battle over the best way to approach raising the federal debt ceiling, raise the question.
Some political analysts on the national level theorize the party is divided between those representing the more established Republicans on Capitol Hill and the fiscal hawks represented by the Tea Party.
United States Senate candidate Ben Sasse sees some division over the federal budget.
“There are some Republicans who I think fairly reasonably would say why would we want to have a debt ceiling fight with this president right now when Obamacare is the issue we should be talking about and he’s looking for anything he can do to change the subject,” Sasse tells Nebraska Radio Network.
But candidate Sid Dinsdale says he’s not in a position to tell.
“I’m not back there to know,” Dinsdale tells us. “I’ve heard that rumor, but as far as I know it is a rumor. I’m just not privy to whether there is or not. I hope not.”
As for Shane Osborn, he sees a divide over strategy more than philosophy.
“Everybody in the Republican Party wants to repeal Obamacare. Everybody wants to live within our means and reduce spending,” Osborn tells Nebraska Radio Network. “Now, we’ve had some Republicans in the past that have spent it irresponsibly as well, but I think those days are over, because people realize that the country just can’t sustain this path.”
All three candidates campaigned Wednesday in Lincoln.
Omaha lawyer Bart McLeay is the other high-profile Republican in the race. Clifton Johnson of Ft. Calhoun has also filed as a Republican.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]