By Ben Wolfgang-The Washington Times
In a bid to attract crucial independent votes, both candidates for Nebraskaâ€™s open Senate seat are stressing their willingness to buck their own party when necessary.
At a debate in Grand Island, Neb., on Saturday, Republican candidate Deb Fischer said she wouldnâ€™t have voted for the Paul Ryan budget plan, the GOPâ€™s latest fiscal blueprint calling for steep cuts in discretionary domestic spending. She also said she backs federal subsidies for wind power, a program GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has come out against.
Democrat Bob Kerrey, the stateâ€™s former governor and two-term senator, said he supports the proposed Keystone XL pipeline project, opposed by many environmental groups and some Democrats. He also said he agrees with portions of Mr. Romneyâ€™s immigration platform, specifically a plan to allow a path to citizenship for those who sign up for the military.
With Ms. Fischer leading by double digits in most polls, Mr. Kerrey used Saturdayâ€™s debate to try and turn the tide. He positioned himself as the candidate best equipped to tackle the nationâ€™s tough challenges, and he didnâ€™t sugar-coat the dire budget circumstances of the U.S. and the need to reach across the aisle to find solutions.
â€œWeâ€™re heading to Greece,â€ he said, a reference to that nationâ€™s monetary mess. â€œWeâ€™ve got to scale it back. Otherwise, weâ€™re simply not going to be able to survive as a great nation.â€
Ms. Fischer struck a similar tone when discussing the nationâ€™s finances, and also her ability and willingness to work with Democrats.
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