A proposed pact to limit outside third-party advertisements and total spending to $3 million has been suggested by Democratic candidate for governor Chuck Hassebrook in his race against Republican Pete Ricketts. The pact, which would also require any negative statements to come directly from the candidates themselves, would be appreciated by the voters of the state according to Hassebrook. However, Hassebrook says the proposal of limiting attack ads would only work if both parties agreed to it.
“We’ve got to have candidates that are leaders, that step forward, and say we’re gonna take this election to a higher path that’s more respectful of voters and their intelligence that demonstrates more respect for the integrity of the democratic process,” Hassebrook says.
“But you can’t say, I’m gonna show up to a knife fight with a smile.”
Hassebrook thinks Nebraskans want candidates from both parties to take responsibility for attack ads that saw millions of dollars poured into the state before May’s primary elections.
“There’s been the onslaught of millions and millions of dollars in negative ads which are just pure mudslinging, where the candidate is hiding behind a third-party. That’s really sullied elections and that’s what this pact takes on,” says Hassebrook.
According to Hassebrook, the state legislature is a good example of why Nebraskans can work together and reach across the aisle, whereas Washington D.C.’s current environment does not allow for such cooperation. The Ricketts campaign says while the sentiment is appreciated, the plan is disingenuous at its core.