Democrat Jane Raybould is making her case against the re-election of Republican U.S. Senator Deb Fischer.
Raybould has made it official, filing for the seat now held by Fischer.
“Well, I think with Sen. Fischer, she has become a Washington Republican. She’s out of touch with everyday Nebraskans,” Raybould tells reporters after filing her candidate paperwork with the Secretary of States’ office.
Raybould has begun what she calls her “Kitchen Table Tour,” listening sessions to hear the concerns of Nebraskans.
“The big difference is between Sen. Fischer and myself, I want to reach out to them and listen to them and address their concerns instead of ignoring them,” Raybould says.
Raybould claims she has heard farmers concerned about the next Farm Bill and she points out neither Fischer nor Sen. Ben Sasse serve on the Senate Agriculture Committee.
Fischer has supported the tax overhaul package working its way through Congress. Raybould opposes it, saying it will balloon the federal deficit by $1 trillion which could prompt budget cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Raybould favors fixing the Affordable Care Act and criticizes Senate Republicans for seeking to repeal it without a replacement.
A Democrat running for statewide office in Republican-leaning Nebraska is a tall order, something Raybould concedes.
What will it take for a Democrat to win a statewide race in Nebraska?
“What do you mean? What will it take to win, besides hard work, determination, reaching out to as many people as possible and getting them engaged? It will take a certain amount of money. There is no doubt about it,” according to Raybould.
Raybould works as a vice president of B&R Stores, which operates 19 Super Saver and Russ’s Markets grocery stores. She has served on the Lancaster County Commission and currently is a Lincoln city council member. She was Democrat Chuck Hassebrook’s running mate in his unsuccessful campaign for governor in 2014.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]