Democrat Jane Raybould says Nebraskans need to carefully consider many issues as they decide between re-electing or replacing Republican U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer.
This concludes our two-part candidate profile of Raybould.
Raybould has emphasized agriculture early in this campaign and is critical of Fischer’s recent decision to join the Senate Agriculture Committee.
“I feel like she’s been missing in action, so it’s only this year, an election year, that she’s now on the all-important Agriculture Committee. I think it’s too little, too late,” Raybould tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Raybould criticizes the Trump Administration’s trade policy, saying its trade war has caused a farm crisis. Raybould supports modernizing NAFTA to continue free trade between the United States and its neighbors, Mexico and Canada. She says the United States should join the Trans Pacific Partnership, which she says would open Asian markets for Nebraska farmers.
Raybould says Congress must find a way to reduce the cost of health care. She sees a two-step solution. First, health insurance markets must be stabilized by committing to Affordable Care Act reimbursements, according to Raybould. She says only then should Congress consider health care proposals. She won’t commit to Medicare-for-all, advocated by some Democrats, stating she hasn’t seen a cost analysis of it or a feasible plan to implement it.
The Democrat supports what she calls “common sense gun safety,” stating the assault weapons ban in 1994 reduced deadly shootings in the United States. Raybould voted for the Lincoln City Council move to ban bump stocks. She says so-called loopholes in the background checks required before purchasing a gun can be closed without harming Second Amendment rights.
As for President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanugh, Raybould wants a nominee who defers to precedent.
“I would not support a nominee that would be interested in overturning the Affordable Care Act or certainly not supporting a nominee that would be looking at overturning Roe v. Wade,” Raybould says, adding that on abortion rights she doesn’t believe government should be involved in something that is a very personal and private decision.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]