A long-time Republican is running for U.S. Senate after his effort to do so in 2014 fell short. Dennis “Frank” Macek did not get enough signatures to run as an independent four-years ago.
He says he felt impelled to run again, for love of country and for fear of what is happening to it. His campaign platform has 12 points, but boils down to four things.
“My campaign motto is: Smarter spending, clean energy, new business, no excuses,” Macek tells Nebraska Radio Network.
He says a smaller, more efficient military is needed, because the threat of an attack on the U.S. is low.
“To get stronger yet, would be absolutely redundant,” Macek says. “All that China spends on defense, Russia spends on defense, and the European Union spends on defense, put it all together, and our defense spending exceeds that, exceeds that total amount. We can’t afford that.”
Instead, Macek supports more spending on health care.
“We need a single-payer system. We should be segueing toward that,” he says. “In the meantime, we should not be trying to repeal Obamacare, but fix it! It doesn’t take a genius to fix it.”
He also thinks the federal government should fund Pre-K education and spend more on higher education.
“Universities as well as community colleges,” Macek says. “Part of America’s greatness is that we have 18 of the top universities in the world in the United States, but they’re all in trouble financially, and it’s costing too much to attend them.”
Global climate change is an important issue that needs to be addressed immediately, he says. It starts with an end to burning fossil fuels.
“The technology is out there right now and it’s getting better day by day by day, and it’s getting cheaper, and the sooner we implement it nationwide, the better off we’ll be and the better off our kids will be and the better off their kids will be,” Macek says. “It’s got to be done. It’s inevitable. It’s also a national security issue.”
From an agriculture standpoint, he says the country needs to upgrade soil conservation efforts, and create a permanent fund to help farmers adapt to climate change.
Macek will not speculate if he can beat incumbent Senator Deb Fischer.
“I’m not a politician. She is and she’s good,” he admits. “As far as accomplishing our national priorities go, as I see them, from what I can see, she hasn’t done a damn thing.”
He says, if elected, he will work in a bipartisan way.
“Everything can be accomplished, but as it’s shaping up now, people are blocking progress,” Macek says, “but that doesn’t necessarily have to be the case.”
Macek is one of five Republicans vying for the GOP nomination in the U.S. Senate race.
AUDIO: Mike Loizzo reports [1:03]
This is one of a series of reports from Nebraska Radio Network profiling Primary Election candidates for governor and U.S. Senate who do not typically receive wide media or voter attention.