Nebraska GOP Executive Director Bud Synhorst tells Bret Hayworth of the Sioux City Journal that he expects the Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and John Kasich campaigns to come to Nebraska this coming week, and that “he has heard all three Republicans will be in the state in events to be determined.”
Of course, one would think, the results today in Indiana will have something to do with that.
No matter the results — even if people think Trump is a lock with a win — he still has to get to 1,237 delegates. Now maybe he doesn’t need Nebraska’s 36, but if he thought he could get them, why not make the trip?
But Bud’s sentiments notwithstanding, Leavenworth St. has heard that…
- Cruz is very likely to come…and they are likely just waiting on making some plans official;
- Kasich is NOT likely to come.
- Trump…is anyone’s guess. He currently does have a campaign office (as Leavenworth St. was the first to tell you last week) and he has a team working in Nebraska now.
And he has at least two supporters with a little bit of name ID: State Senator (and former gubernatorial candidate and national chairman for the Council of State Governments) Beau McCoy and State Senator Tommy Garrett (as Leavenworth St. exclusively told you last week).
And it should be noted that at Trump’s rally in Council Bluffs last December, probably 80-90% of the attendants yelled that they had come across the bridge to be there. There have been few Trump rallies that don’t draw a sizable crowd, and there is no reason to think that one in Nebraska would be any different.
All THAT being said, most of the national prognosticators seem to think that Cruz has the lead in Nebraska — whatever that lead may be. There have been no polls released — and considering that Governor Pete Ricketts’ parents are funding the #NeverTrump campaign, and Senator Ben Sasse was the Twitter leader of it all, you’d think that if they had a poll that showed Cruz with a big lead in the state, they would wave it around a little.
Though it is also possible that they’re keeping their powder dry until everyone faces Nebraska.
More tomorrow? We’ll see.
Ted Cruz will have a rally at the Embassy Suites (1040 P St.) in Lincoln at noon Wednesday.
Go to TedCruz.org for more info.
Maxwell v. Bacon on KFAB
The candidates for the GOP nomination for the 2nd District Congressional seat took to the KFAB blowtorch this morning with Scott Vorhees to hash out the issues.
Retired Brigadier General Don Bacon and former State Senator and Douglas County Commissioner Chip Maxwell took quite a few jabs at each other during the hour-ish long discussion.
Vorhees came right out of the box and asked about the Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee’s ads on the GOP primary. Maxwell bobbed and weaved, on the one hand arguing that the DCCC wanted the most conservative candidate, him, but also didn’t want to run against the “establishment” candidate, Bacon.
Bacon said the DCCC was simply shooting for the weaker candidate and called on Maxwell to renounce the ads, and things kind of went along from there.
From there Maxwell noted that he had the experience and “battle scars” from being in the political process in Nebraska, and again argued that Bacon was “chosen” by the Washington establishment, as well as the Nebraska establishment.
Bacon shot back that the battle scars he has dealt with are those from troops that he has worked with — and noted that 10 times he has had to notify loved ones of the death of servicemen under his command.
He further noted that he decided to run on his own and went months before anyone outside a group of 3 or 4 was involved in his campaign. He then went on to jab Maxwell, noting that he has suggested a 500% pay raise for members of the Legislature when he was in office. (I believe the number was 500%.)
This point didn’t get any follow-up from Maxwell or Vorhees, but don’t be surprised to hear this issue come up again before next Tuesday.
One funny item was that while defending his time in office, Maxwell noted that Iowa Congressman Steve King has been in office for 13 years, but that no one would call HIM establishment.
Bacon followed up by noting that he (Bacon) will be receiving Steve King’s endorsement later in the day.
See King’s endorsement here:
The issue that dominated much of the rest of the time was immigration, with Maxwell stating that he does not favor any sort of legalization of illegal aliens currently in the United States. He noted that Bacon favors this.
Bacon followed up, noting that while he does not favor citizenship for illegals, he does believe in a legalization process in some way for those currently in the U.S.
Maxwell did not say what his thoughts were for those currently in the U.S. — and didn’t address Bacon’s point about illegal aliens serving in the U.S. military — but both agreed that e-verify needed to be enhanced and supported by the Federal government.
One other point of contention brought up by Vorhees was the death penalty. Maxwell is against it and pointed to the Nebraska case of the Beatrice 6 of where the government got it wrong. Bacon pointed to the Federal cases where Timothy McVeigh and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev deserved the ultimate punishment for their murders.
Finally, each claimed that they each had better experience — Chip claiming that his in government will better serve Nebraska and Don noting his military experience.
Maxwell seemed to let himself out a little bit on a few issues, where Bacon could have hit him. At one point he noted that if the contest were about who is best to serve on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Don would be the better choice — but that since it’s legislative, he (Maxwell) had better experience.
Don did not jump in to note that one of the main issues that Congress deals with is the military, and thank Chip for his endorsement.
Another was when Maxwell was noting they needed another Contract with American like Newt Gingrich had back in the 90’s. Don did not note that he received Gingrich’s endorsement last week.
In any case, a spirited debate, and both candidates held themselves up well. Considering Maxwell was a radio host on KFAB, Bacon, though generally (ha!) soft-spoken, held his own.
And to finish things off, U.S. Senator Deb Fischer is spending the week traveling across Nebraska, and put out this video to let constituent know what she is doing in Washington:
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