Two top Nebraska political leaders with very different viewpoints say there are lessons to be learned from this presidential campaign.
For incoming Nebraska Democratic Party chair Jane Kleeb, the election of Republican Donald Trump as president was a difficult turn-of-events to take.
“It was obviously a huge blow to not only Sec. Clinton and all of us who supported her, but to the Democratic Party. But, it is also a big wakeup call that the Democratic Party continues to ignore rural voters,” Kleeb tells Coby Mach, host of Drive Time Lincoln, on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN.
Kleeb says the party needs to reconnect with the rest of the country. She contends the party ignored issues important to rural Democrats, such as opposition to the Keystone XL oil pipeline, eminent domain being exercised by private companies, and promotion of ethanol.
For Nebraska Republican Party national committeeman J-L Spray, a united party, in the end, made the difference.
“We did come home,” Spray tells Mach. “At the convention we came home and, again, as Republicans fought through the really binary choice between Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, they came home to Donald Trump.”
Spray says the Trump campaign lacked a ground game to go with a message that clearly resonated with much of the public. He says the Republican National Committee provided that ground game, sparked mainly by the national committee who he says committed early on to support the party nominee.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]