Candidate Profile: Bob Kerrey

By: Ashley Harding

We're 6 days from the election. Now we're beginning our look at the candidates for Nebraska's open U.S. Senate seat.

 Former U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey says his experience is what sets him apart. Kerrey, a Democrat, says if elected, one of his major focuses will be to work with Republicans to solve the issues.

 He's a Nebraska native, a Vietnam war vet, and a former governor and U.S. senator. Bob Kerrey says his experience matters.

 “I can make the case that I can be effective for Nebraska. I do not need any on the job training. I know exactly what I'm going to be doing,” said Kerrey. 

A supporter of President Obama's Affordable Healthcare Act, Kerrey says repealing it would bring us back decades. He says if elected, he'll work to improve it. He also says fixing the nation's deficit is a top priority. He says making a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution isn't the way to do it.  He has another plan.

 “Fix those secured in Medicare first and I've endorsed Republican proposals to get that done. Congress needs to lead by cutting back on its own pension, it's own staff. It could save tens of billions of dollars as well. That's the right way to do it,” said Kerrey.

Kerrey says during his time on the 9–11 commission, he worked with Republicans to find solutions. He says it's a policy we need to have in Washington. It's a policy he promises to bring, if elected.

“I don't think you can balance our budget without doing that. I don't think you can simplify our tax code without doing that. I don't think you can solve the problem of immigration without doing that,” said Kerrey.

Former Senator Bob Kerrey is going up against Republican state senator, Deb Fischer. We'll hear from her on Thursday. 

Next Tuesday, you can count on Channel 8 Eyewitness News for all your election night coverage.

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