Some national publications are openly speculating about whether Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse will be running for president.
It’s been out there for a while. Now, it’s gaining strength: speculation that Senator Sasse is a candidate for president.
Sasse denies it.
“I am a candidate to be offensive coordinator for Husker football, but so far Coach (Mike) Riley keeps ignoring my request to join his staff,” Sasse jokes with Nebraska Radio Network when we asked about the reports. “Obviously, that stuff’s just bonkers.”
Though a Republican, Sasse has made his criticism of Republican President Donald Trump well known. That might fuel some of the speculation.
But Sasse denies he is a candidate for president, a challenger to any re-election bid by President Trump in 2020.
Sasse has at least a couple of theories as to why his name keeps surfacing in national articles. One is an attempt by news publications to generate internet and social media traffic. The second is an effort, in the upheaval of Washington with no clear agenda being put forth by either the Republican or the Democratic Party, to fill a vacuum.
When times are uncertain, Sasse suggests political reporters and pundits tend toward speculation.
“And so, lots of people who want to figure out a way to ride the wave of legislative and policy uncertainty in Washington, want to write news stories that are personality focused,” according to Sasse. “I don’t respond to those calls and requests for comment, because they are all just pretty silly.”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]