By: Megan Palera
Election day is exactly three weeks from this Tuesday, and for the first time Republican U.S. Senate candidate Deb Fischer is speaking out against the latest attacks by the Democratic Party.
The GOP candidate held a press conference Tuesday in Lincoln. Fischer said she chose to ignore Bob Kerrey when he called her a welfare rancher. But this time, she's firing back.
Fischer vowed to not stoop to Kerrey's level, referring to the Democrat's new television ad attacking her character.
It calls Fischer a "bad neighbor," claiming she sued an elderly couple for their land after they let her use it for cattle grazing. Fischer says the lawsuit was filed 15 years ago to clarify a land boundary, and that her attorney said it was the best way to solve the issue.
"I believe he is resonating to these over the top personal attacks because he doesn't want to talk about the issues. He doesn't talk about his voting record and that's because he's out of touch with Nebraskan's," Fischer said.
Kerrey says there is nothing in the ad that is a distortion or misrepresentation.
"She says that I am desperate, I am not desperate. I believe she is desperate to keep Nebraskans from understanding who she is and what she has done and how what she has done connects to her campaign for the United States Senate," Kerrey said.
Fischer says she will continue to travel across the state and speak with Nebraskans about the "real" issues at hand. Kerrey says the real issue is her character, and if Fischer finds it uncomfortable for people to know what she did, wait until she tries to deal with the U.S. Senate.
Polls show Fischer is leading Kerrey.