State senator sets sights on U.S. Senate

State Senator Deb Fischer of Valentine says at least two things set her apart from her main Republican primary challengers in the race for U-S Senate.
First, Fischer says she has financial support from in-state residents, and second:
“I’m not a career politician,” Fischer says. “I haven’t been running for the U.S. Senate forever. It has not been my lifelong ambition to be a United States senator. I’m running because people believe I’ve been very effective as a state senator and I understand the legislative process.”
Fischer was front and center on a bill to redirect a quarter-cent of the state sales tax to highway construction, which was passed and signed by the governor.
Fischer says she doesn’t support President Obama’s jobs plan, which would include spending for roads and bridges. She says the government does not need to spend more money to grow the economy.
“I did introduce and sponsor and pass the quarter-cent of existing sales tax revenue for road construction and maintenance here in the state of Nebraska,” Fischer says. “We did that with no tax increase. That’s how you make those decisions at the state level and that’s what we need to do at the federal level.”
Fischer favors repealing the health care reform measure proposed by the President and passed by Congress, and criticizes Democrat Senator Ben Nelson for supporting it.
She says a debate needs to be held on ways to improve health care, including associations that allow more group coverage.
“We need to look at how we can promote those better and allow individuals or small business owners or small businesses that have a few employees would be able to join with other businesses and offer insurance that’s affordable,” she says. “That’s the key here and that’s not what this debate was and that’s certainly not what Obamacare is.”
Describing herself as a “common-sense conservative,” Fischer says small business owners tell her they haven’t invested in creating jobs because of too much uncertainty.
In the Republican primary, Fischer will face: Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning, State Treasurer Don Stenberg, Spencer Zimmerman of Omaha and Pat Flynn of Schuyler.
Doug Kennedy, KWBE, Beatrice