Ben Sasse wins election as Nebraska’s next United States Senator and has a message for his own party.
Sasse, a Republican, says his party, which won control of the Senate in the 2014 election, must broaden its message.
“I think we have to be about the American dream and more opportunity for everybody,” Sasse tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Sasse is convinced Republicans must do a better job of telling the story of the American Dream.
“Too often my party doesn’t sound like we’re interested in everybody,” according to Sasse. “And, my daughter, my 10-year-old, regularly joked that we wanted all the votes. We knew we weren’t going to get all the votes, but we wanted to speak to every Nebraska heart and we had town halls every place and learned that there’s more that unites us as Nebraskans than divides us by party.”
Sasse says he wants to be Senator for all Nebraskans.
Sasse emerged from a crowded Republican primary and cruised to victory in the general election. He received nearly 65% of the vote, with Democrat Dave Domina finishing a distant second. Two independent candidates, Jim Jenkins and Todd Watson, received only a small percentage of the vote Tuesday.
Sasse will succeed Sen. Mike Johanns, also a Republican, who is retiring from public life.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:40]