5:01 PM, Apr 3, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Nebraska senator Deb Fischer will travel next door to Iowa in support of a fellow female Republican running in a tough primary for U.S. Senate. According to a press release from ShePAC, a conservative women's group, Fischer will go to Des Moines later this month to campaign for Joni Ernst, who is running for the seat currently held by retiring Democrat Tom Harkin. Ernst is locked in a primary battle with four other Republican candidates, including leading candidate Mark Jacobs.
"In 2014, ShePAC is supporting several incredible women candidates who, like I did, need support to run against the liberal agenda and take their fight to Washington," said Fischer in the statement. "Candidates like Joni Ernst in Iowa who have proven their mettle are exactly the kind of women we need to take back the U.S. Senate!"
With a few good debate performances, Fischer overcame low name identification and two better-funded opponents in her 2012 bid for Republican nomination in Nebraska, easily winning the general election over the Democrat, former senator and governor Bob Kerrey. It helped that while her primary opponents were state officials in Lincoln, Fischer cast herself as a farm girl and rancher. It also helped that former Alaska governor Sarah Palin had endorsed her, giving the Fischer campaign a boost in fundraising and name recognition.
Ernst has had some similar fortune. Palin endorsed her last week, and the Susan B. Anthony List, a pro-life conservative women's group, did the same thing Thursday.
Perhaps Ernst's biggest advantage was her first TV ad, which highlighted her youth on an Iowa farm as well her military service. "I grew up castrating hogs on an Iowa farm," Ernst says in the ad. "So when I get to Washington, I'll know how to cut pork." The ad made national headlines and had television hosts rolling.
In the latest primary poll, Ernst was running at 13 percent in the crowded primary, 7 points behind Jacobs. The primary will be on June 3, and the winning candidate needs to receive at least 35 percent of the vote to avoid a convention.
The GOP nominee will face off against Democratic congressman Bruce Braley, who has found himself in some hot water for recent comments that seemingly disparaged Iowa farmers.
10:55 PM, Nov 6, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican Senate candidate Deb Fischer of Nebraska has defeated her Democratic opponent, former governor and former senator Bob Kerrey, according to CBS News.
Fischer, a state senator from Valentine, won a come-from-behind victory in her three-way Republican primary. She will succeed Democrat Ben Nelson, who chose not to seek reelection.
4:12 PM, Oct 30, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Former Nebraska senator and governor Bob Kerrey, the Democrat who is running for his old Senate seat to replace retiring Democrat Ben Nelson, said he would vote for Nevada's Harry Reid for majority leader if he is elected. Appearing on KFAB radio in Omaha Tuesday morning, Kerrey was asked if he would support Reid for majority leader.
"Well, yes," Kerrey said. "I'll organize with the Democrats."
5:35 PM, Sep 13, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican Senate candidate Deb Fischer of Nebraska has a new television ad out. "In Nebraska we solve problems by governing responsibly and sticking to our principles," Fischer says in the ad. "Time Washington did the same." Watch the ad below:
Deb Fischer is running away with the Senate race in Nebraska.Sep 10, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 48 • By MICHAEL WARREN
North Platte, Neb.
Deb Fischer will very likely be the next U.S. senator from Nebraska. The latest survey of the race to replace retiring Democrat Ben Nelson shows Fischer 20 points ahead of her Democratic opponent, Bob Kerrey. In fact, the Republican has led Kerrey by double digits in every poll taken since March. To end the reign of Harry Reid, Republicans need a net gain of at least four Senate seats this November, and Fischer is the GOP’s best opportunity to flip a Democratic seat.
2:20 PM, Jul 16, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Deb Fischer, the Republican Senate candidate in Nebraska, is out with her campaign's first general election advertisement. The 30-second ad highlights Fischer's Nebraska values and roots, as opposed to the "out of touch" Bob Kerrey, her Democratic opponent and a former U.S. Senator. Watch the ad below:
9:44 AM, May 18, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new ad from Crossroads GPS is targeting Nebraska Democrat Bob Kerrey for his support for the Wall Street bailout of 2008. "Bob Kerrey supported the Wall Street bailout while serving on the board of a company that tried to exploit it," the voiceover reads. Watch the ad below:
4:00 PM, May 17, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
On Tuesday night, Nebraska state senator Deb Fischer unexpectedly won the Republican primary over a better-funded establishment favorite, attorney general Jon Bruning. Folks curious to know just who Fischer is might want to watch a few her debates with her Republican primary opponents—many are available on YouTube. Fischer’s performances reveal a serious conservative, with populist tendencies.
11:37 AM, May 16, 2012 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
O, the month of May, the merry month of May,
So frolic, so gay....
—Thomas Dekker (c. 1572-1632), "The Merry Month of May."
The poet Thomas Dekker is surely set to become a Tea Party favorite, anticipating as he did the merry and gay (in the old-fashioned sense) month of May 2012: Merry and gay for all who'd like to see a more conservative, more reform-minded, more populist (but responsibly populist) Republican party.
7:00 PM, May 14, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Could Nebraska be the next state to select a conservative underdog in a Senate primary? Sixty-one year old Deb Fischer, a Nebraska state senator, had been a long-shot candidate for the GOP nomination for Senate against the better funded state attorney general, Jon Bruning, and the more well known state treasurer Don Stenberg.
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