By Scott Koperski
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Deb Fischer visited Beatrice Thursday and met with community members at the Gage County Fair.
Fischer, who is running against Democrat opponent Bob Kerrey in the November generalelection, said Thursday was a fitting opportunity to visit with Gage Countyfarmers on the day she received a special endorsement.
"We received the Nebraska Farm Bureau's endorsement today, so that means a lot," Fischer said. "Candidates are always appreciative when they can get that endorsement because it's an important one in the state. It's nice to have the support of the Farm Bureau and their members."
The Nebraska Farm Bureau is the state's largest voluntary agriculture organization.
Fischer said her history of supporting tax relief may have been a contributing factor in the Farm Bureau's support.
"I have a strong record in the legislature of supporting tax relief," Fischer said. "Property taxes are a concern, not just to Farm Bureau members but all Nebraskans. I helped to pass that tax relief package that helped with property tax relief.
"I supported and helped to pass the largest tax relief package in the history of the state of Nebraska. Mr. Kerrey voted for the largest tax increase in thehistory of our county."
Fischer, a state senator from Valentine who grew up in Lincoln and owns a ranch in Cherry County, said the number one comment she hears on her grass roots campaign is about the "out of control budget," an
issue that tops her list of priorities.
"Government spending is out of control; I hear that all over the state," Fischer said. "We need to get it under control. We need to have a balanced budget amendment. We need to address the deficit and the debt and let small businesses grow and create jobs.
"We do that by reducing regulations, reforming the tax code, looking at tax costs and repealing Obamacare. It's a pretty consistent theme across the state. It all begins with the spending we see at the federal government level. If we can get that under control, we can turn the economy around."
While budgetary concerns account for most of the comments Fischer hears on the campaign trail, she said others have expressed concern for the fate of small businesses hindered by regulations, an issue
Fischer hopes to correct.
"People are concerned about those regulations on small business and the tax code," she said. "Many of them would like to hire people, but there's so much uncertainty out there that they're not willing to at this point."
Fischer said she's made no changes to her campaign strategy since winning the primary election and will continue to stay positive, rather than take "personal attacks" as she says her opponent has done in multiple television advertisements.
"We're continuing to work hard and stay positive," Fischer said. "People appreciate that and like to see the discussion on the issues and not personal attacks.That's what we did in the primary, we stayed on the issues and that's what we're doing now, too.
"It's disappointing when you have those personal attacks on you. People don't like it. I think we showed that in the primary. They want to hear who you are and what you stand for."
Fischer and Kerry will debate in person on Aug 25 at the Nebraska State Fair.
She added there will likely be two more debates in September, though dates have yet to be set.