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A weird kind of story from Fox’s John Stossel (redundant?), where he first takes on the National Education Association (Teachers’ Union) and then… Ben Sasse.
See it here:
It’s a 4 minutes piece, and worth your full watch.
First, Stossel hammers Sasse for his “move the Capitol to Nebraska” ad. And, strangely, Sasse seems to be defending the suggestion of the move as if it’s a REAL suggestion.
Obviously the point of the ad is that Nebraskans are more down to Earth, less corruptible, yadda, yadda, yadda. But Sasse is defending it to Stossel, talking about what lobbyists would move with it, etc. Frankly, we don’t understand why Stossel is going down this route in the first place, as if he doesn’t get the real point of the ad either.
But Stossel didn’t stop hammering Sasse there. He knocked Sasse about all of his DC experience but calling himself an “outsider”.
Sasse countered saying it was just a short time in his life, but doesn’t really fight Stossel on it.
Finally, Stossel tries to hit Sasse on his partial support of Medicaid Part D, which Sasse doesn’t like, but likes part of it, if he has to like it.
Just seemed like an odd interview, and we would add that it also looked to be chopped up, and probably didn’t provide complete answers from Sasse. But, considering all of the love Sasse has been receiving from the national press, it was unusaul to hear this, especially from Stossel on Fox.
Hey, look who wants to go to Washington!
This is state Senator Brad Ashford who got whooped when he wanted to run for Omaha Mayor as an Independent, but changed to be a Democrat, after he’d been a Republican after previously being a Democrat.
Oh, and he’s against ObamaCare, except that he wants to keep it, but he wants to change it, but we aren’t sure how. (Oh, and WITHOUT raising taxes!)
And why is Ashford running for Congress?
“I’m a legislator, it’s what I do.”
Well then. ‘Nuff said.
After endorsing Pete Ricketts for Governor, former 3rd District Congressman Bill Barrett has endorsed Shane Osborn for U.S. Senate.
On the other side, Ben Sasse was endorsed by a group called, “Gun Owners of America”. We are told that this is a big deal, as the NRA is unlikely to endorse in this race.
Mike Foley’s statement that he is staying in the Governor’s race was interesting — and not just because he mixed gambling and football metaphors in a fashion that didn’t really make sense.
He took a shot at Jon Bruning, noting that he “took Bruning at his word” that he was not going to run for Governor. And then there were the rumors that he told Pete Ricketts that Ricketts was welcome to be his (Foley’s) Lieutenant Governor.
The Foley peeps seem to be looking at the Deb Fischer “shoot the gap” strategy, once Bruning and Ricketts begin to pummel each other (which must be inevitable, right?).
We have a feeling that the Fischer “strategy” will be quoted pretty much any time more than two candidates are running in Nebraska. Can it happen again? Well, we would just note that a giant media campaign seems to be an important component.
We have heard a rumor that former Governor candidate, state Senator Charlie Janssen will be filing to run for State Auditor next week.
If you’re running for something, please feel free to fill us in.
Have a great weekend!