A United States Senator from Nebraska suggests American voters sent a strong message to Washington.
Sen. Deb Fischer says she felt a shift as she hit the campaign trail across the country for fellow Republicans, but worried that the polls kept indicating both a Hillary Clinton win and a good night for Democrats.
Still, Fischer says the results didn’t really surprise her.
“Because I think if people were out and truly listening, we heard it; we heard it,” Fischer tells Nebraska Radio Network.
And what did she hear?
“I heard people really want change. They want things to get done,” according to Fischer. “They have felt like Washington doesn’t listen.”
Fischer says the election results will cause pollsters and members of the national news media to do some soul searching. She says she has told some national reporters they need to get out of Washington, D.C. and reach out to Americans who don’t live and breathe national politics.
Fischer says citizens want to be heard and want to offer suggestions, but few in Washington are willing to listen.
As for the new Congress, Fischer is grateful to remain in the majority in the United States Senate. She says strong candidates, including strong incumbents, led to Republicans remaining in the majority.
She expects the lame-duck session of Congress to focus on funding the federal government.
Fischer hopes President-elect Donald Trump will work with the new Congress, both Republicans and Democrats, to get things done for the American people.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]