Bob Kerrey Not Ruling Out Senate Run

Could a former Nebraska Governor and U.S. Senator replace a former Nebraska Governor and soon-to-be-retired U.S. Senator? Bob Kerrey isn't ruling out a run for Senator Ben Nelson's seat.

Kerrey, 68, hasn't lived in Nebraska in more than a decade but he has family, friends and businesses in the state.

He left the Senate in 2001 to become president of The New School University in New York City. He is now President Emeritus.

Reporter Brian Mastre talked on the phone with Kerrey as the Democrat plans to ring in the new year with his family on vacation in India. "I'm very much aware there's not a lot of time between now and the election. I'm aware there are some exceptionally good candidates in Nebraska who may be waiting for me to make a decision. So I'd like to make it quickly."

Kerrey expects to make a decision in the next 10-14 days. Election Day is 10-months away.

Senator Ben Nelson, 70, thinks it's enough time for anyone to win. "The field isn't set on the other side. There are people trying to push [Governor Heineman] to jump in because they're not satisfied with the slate of candidates over there. So if it's not too late for them, why is it too late for Democrats?"

On Tuesday, one prominent Democrat, Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler, seemed to make it clear that he doesn't intend to run for the seat. “To be considered capable of replacing a leader like Ben Nelson is an honor. I have not given much thought about running for the Senate because I like living in Nebraska and would like to continue the success we experienced in Lincoln over the past few years. At this point, I believe I can best serve people by continuing my term as Lincoln’s Mayor.”

Three Republicans are already in the race: Attorney General Jon Bruning, State Treasurer Don Stenberg and State Senator Deb Fischer.


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