Over the next few months, Channel 6 News will be interviewing candidates before the November election as part of our commitment to help you make the most informed decision. Sunday, we begin with the Democrat candidate for Senate, Bob Kerrey.
The former senator and Nebraska governor decided to join the Senate race once again after being a part of the private sector for 11 years. “Over that time I just got more and more frustrated, watching the hyper-partisanship of Washington and watching Washington destroy the fiscal solvency that we created over 12 years of bipartisan effort.”
He says working together with Republicans and not being afraid to go against his own party is the key. "You have to be willing to take the criticism of the people in your own party, that's the real challenge, that's the real moment that's going to come. Am I going to have this interest group, that interest group that typically lines up with Democrats mad at me because I've supported something that needs to be done?"
What are his main goals? "I think I can help work with Republicans to balance the budget, reform immigration laws and simplify our tax code and most importantly for me, help Americans accumulate the wealth they're going to need when they hit retirement."
Plus, get the economy growing. "I've got pretty clear, and I think well-informed, ideas on what we need to do to get that done, in that case, often times it's the Republican Party that does the better job. They're much more apt to be supportive of those things that will expand the economic pie and we've got to do it. Democrats tend to spend all their time trying to figure out how to redistribute and be more fair, that's also very important to do in my view, so you need to try to bring the best of both of them together."
Channel 6 News is working to bring you an interview with Kerrey's opponent, Republican Senate candidate Deb Fischer.