Last week, Channel 6 News profiled the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, Deb Fischer. Sunday, we sat down with the Democrat's nominee, Bob Kerrey.
On this Memorial Day weekend we asked the Medal of Honor recipient about his service as a Navy SEAL. “I go to a special place in my heart on that day to remember. Those who didn't make it back, guys I knew in Vietnam, but also connected to the guys who didn't make it back from Iraq and Afghanistan. They never saw old age, they never got to run for office, they never got to do all the things that I got to do."
A lot has changed in the political landscape in just a few months. Super PACs (Political Action Committees), allowed to spend unlimited amounts of money on a campaign, have been hammering at Kerrey for living and working in New York the past decade, even before he entered the race.
"It looks to me like the Super PACs against me will easily spend $15 million. I think they'll spend whatever they have to spend to beat me."
Kerrey is setting his own campaign budget at $10 million. He spent the previous few days before our Friday interview raising money in California.
He sees one positive this election season from the presidential primary, that more people are paying attention to something that was often ignored in past years.
“It's one of the real encouraging changes in the political landscape. It used to be that debates were of no consequence. You had two or three and no one paid attention to them. Now, it's encouraging. People are paying attention to them."
Kerrey has asked his opponent for seven debates. The former Nebraska governor and senator has brought his 10-year-old son Henry along for parts of the campaign and is enjoying sharing the state with him, a place Kerrey says defined who he is.