Monday, August 20, 2012

Stenberg makes campaign stop in North Platte - North Platte Telegraph

With five days to go in the Republican race for U.S. Senate, Don Stenberg says things are going well.

"I feel very good," he said. "The momentum has moved our direction in the last few weeks."

Stenberg continued to say his record is more conservative than that of opponent Jon Bruning, and questioned the validity of polls released by another opponent, Deb Fischer, that had her in second place behind Bruning.

"The two polls are somewhat suspect, because the company that produced them employs her campaign manager," Stenberg said.

Stenberg visited North Platte Regional Airport on Wednesday as part of a 13-city tour of the state on Wednesday and Friday. It is his last push towards the May 15 primary, which pits him against Bruning, Fischer and Schuler businessman Pat Flynn.

He also pushed endorsements from U.S. Senators Rand Paul, Mike Lee and Jim DeMint, saying those were the people he would work with, if elected. Those endorsements, he said, hold more weight than the high-profile endorsement Fischer received on Wednesday from former Alaska governor and vice-presidential hopeful Sarah Palin.

Stenberg hopped from Omaha to Lincoln and on to Grand Island, Kearney, North Platte, Scottsbluff and Chadron on Wednesday, with a message that Nebraskans should focus on what he said is a proven, conservative leader.

"The focus [leading up to the election] is that the three candidates are very different," Stenberg said.

The sitting State Treasurer said that Washington needs new leadership, which would restore some of the values that national politics have lost, saying that many current Senators have fallen into the pitfall of voting the party line.

"To go in a new direction, we need a different kind of senator from Nebraska," Stenberg said in a prepared statement. "Our next senator must understand both the nature of the challenges facing our country and the nature of public service."

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