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Kerrey Bows Out of Neb. Senate Race, GOP Win Likely
www.newsmax.com ^ | 03/07/2012 | Martin Gould

Posted on 03/07/2012 3:31:14 PM PST by forbushalltheway

Former Sen. Bob Kerrey has decided against trying to regain his Nebraska seat in the November elections, almost certainly gifting it to Republicans, RealClearPolitics reports. Incumbent Ben Nelson, considered the most conservative Democrat in the upper chamber, is retiring and Kerrey was seen as the Democrats’ last best chance for keeping the seat in the blue column. But after weeks of toying with the idea, Kerrey decided not to run, according to RealClearPolitics. “I have chosen what I believe is best for my family and me,” he said in a statement released Tuesday. Kerrey was running well behind Republicans vying for their party’s nomination. A Rasmussen Reports poll released Tuesday showed him 22 points behind the favorite, state Attorney General Jon Bruning; 18 points behind former Attorney General Don Stenberg; and 12 points behind state Sen. Deb Fischer. Kerrey decided to bow out shortly after those poll results were released. A Kerrey candidacy would have forced Republicans to expend a significant amount of money and resources in Nebraska, RealClearPolitics reports. Now the GOP — which had targeted Nebraska even before Nelson's retirement announcement — is in better position to win a majority in the Senate, which requires a net gain of four seats. Read more on Newsmax.com: Kerrey Bows Out of Neb. Senate Race, GOP Win Likely Important: Do You Support Pres. Obama's Re-Election? Vote Here Now!

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Nebraska
KEYWORDS: bennelson; bobkerrey; debfischer; donstenberg; jonbruning; nebraska

1 posted on 03/07/2012 3:31:19 PM PST by forbushalltheway
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To: forbushalltheway

He polled and found out he would lose bigtime.


2 posted on 03/07/2012 3:33:48 PM PST by scooby321
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To: forbushalltheway

This article makes no sense. This didn’t happen today, I thought it happened months ago. And then he changed his mind, and announced he was running on February 29th of 2012.

But then a poll did show he was losing the race, — but I can’t find any indicating that he’s dropped out a second time, so it seems NewsMax is recycling an old story. But who knows, as it has today’s date on it....


3 posted on 03/07/2012 3:36:03 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: forbushalltheway

It may be a coincidence but he decided to jump in when Snowe from Maine decided not to run for re-election.
He drops out shortly after Angus King, a former governor of Maine (Independent) annouces he is running for Snowe’s position and the two rate congress critters (one moonbat Pingree) decide not to run.
I am wondering if polling shows lots of losses for the Dem’s in Senate-why run if you are going to be in the minority?


4 posted on 03/07/2012 3:41:17 PM PST by Maine Mariner
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To: Maine Mariner

Wouldn’t King caucus with the Dims if he’s elected?


5 posted on 03/07/2012 3:49:47 PM PST by paudio (no tagline for now...)
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To: forbushalltheway

His second flip-flop, but who’s counting?


6 posted on 03/07/2012 3:51:47 PM PST by rfp1234 (RFP's Law: Whoever blames Bush first shall lose the argument.)
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To: Maine Mariner

There are two Independents in the senate now and both caucus with the Dims. Which party do you think King would caucus with if he became a senator?


7 posted on 03/07/2012 3:52:49 PM PST by Will88
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To: All

Not sure about this. I see nothing on my Twitter feeds.


8 posted on 03/07/2012 3:53:06 PM PST by ak267
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To: forbushalltheway

This story seems bogus. It was published today. But Newsmax is basing its report on a February 7th article from RealClear.

Since then (2/7), Kerrey changed his mind and announced a couple of weeks ago.


9 posted on 03/07/2012 3:55:07 PM PST by nhwingut (Sarah Palin 12... No One Else (Maybe Tim Thomas))
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To: Will88

I am sure King will caucus with the Dems but the point is the Dem who thought that she would just walk into the seat-1st district congress critter, Maine’s own moonbat, Chelle
Pingree decided not to run.


10 posted on 03/07/2012 3:59:55 PM PST by Maine Mariner
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To: paudio

Yes. National Democrats will back him in the same way they do the VT Socialist party member Bernie Sanders.


11 posted on 03/07/2012 4:05:32 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj
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To: forbushalltheway

“I have chosen what I believe is best for my family and me...”

Believe me, he would not have pulled out in order to do what’s best for the Nation.

But I am glad that he values the best interest of his family and himself over the Dem. Party.


12 posted on 03/07/2012 4:13:11 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: All

I don’t see anything from the local news outlets on this (KETV, WOWT, KPTM, KMTV).


13 posted on 03/07/2012 4:15:28 PM PST by ak267
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To: Clintonfatigued; Impy; AuH2ORepublican; BillyBoy; RygelXVI; randita; Clemenza

Bob Kerrey is out in NE. Saw the horrendous polling data and dropped out.


14 posted on 03/07/2012 4:15:47 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj
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To: fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; Impy; GOPsterinMA; randita; Sun; BillyBoy; iceskater; ...

Bob Kerrey has changed his mind AGAIN!!! He’s starting to remind me of Mitt Romney. Now that the seat is safe again, we need to get to the business of electing TEA Party conservative Don Stenberg over Establishment Hack Jon Bruning. No need to play it safe here.


15 posted on 03/07/2012 4:17:43 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (A chameleon belongs in a pet store, not the White House)
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To: forbushalltheway

All three of the potential GOP opponents outpolled him. He is just another has-been Democrat retread — like Fritz Mondale — who thought he’d turn back the clock.


16 posted on 03/07/2012 4:19:26 PM PST by IronJack (=)
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To: forbushalltheway

Soetoro is toxic. Landslide baby.


17 posted on 03/07/2012 4:30:34 PM PST by VRWC For Truth (Throw the bums out who vote yes on the bailout)
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To: Clintonfatigued; All

what...

a...

douche...


18 posted on 03/07/2012 4:36:39 PM PST by GOPsterinMA (The Establishment is the establishment.)
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To: CharlesWayneCT

agree- just did a quick google and nothing....


19 posted on 03/07/2012 4:42:57 PM PST by God luvs America (63.5million pay no federal income tax then vote demoKrat)
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To: Clintonfatigued

I think the gays ran him out. I read the other day that he opposed gay marriage in about 2000.


20 posted on 03/07/2012 4:46:30 PM PST by taterjay
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To: CharlesWayneCT

here it is on RealClear Politics with a date of 2/7/2012:

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2012/02/07/bob_kerrey_wont_run_for_senate_in_nebraska.html


21 posted on 03/07/2012 4:47:15 PM PST by God luvs America (63.5million pay no federal income tax then vote demoKrat)
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To: nhwingut

according to an article from KearneyHub at 2PM today he was still in:

http://www.kearneyhub.com/news/opinion/article_bdd79870-6875-11e1-9005-001871e3ce6c.html


22 posted on 03/07/2012 4:50:40 PM PST by God luvs America (63.5million pay no federal income tax then vote demoKrat)
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To: God luvs America

Not sure if he’s in or out-—however, I might ask, are Nebraskans so stupid to vote for someone as their representative(Senator), who has lived in New York the last umpteen years? I don’t think so. Let him run. Let the Democratic campaign committee pile in the funds.


23 posted on 03/07/2012 5:58:41 PM PST by Sicvee (Sicvee)
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To: Clintonfatigued; fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; Impy; GOPsterinMA; randita; Sun; iceskater
>> Bob Kerrey has changed his mind AGAIN!!! He’s starting to remind me of Mitt Romney. <<

Eh, he's starting to remind me of the other liberal Democrat Kerry who served in Vietnam. No wonder people get them mixed up. "I actually changed my mind about entering the Senate race, before I decided NOT to enter it" ;-)

Could be worse. I actually feel sorry for the white liberal RAT Marion Berry in Arkansas that gets confused with the former D.C. mayor & convicted felon.

24 posted on 03/07/2012 7:49:51 PM PST by BillyBoy (Illegals for Perry/Gingrich 2012 : Don't be "heartless"/ Be "humane")
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To: BillyBoy

‘Cept, like Willard, Marion is the former Congressman’s middle name. His first name is Robert. I can’t fathom why he’d abandon good ole Bob for Marion.


25 posted on 03/07/2012 7:59:12 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj
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To: House Atreides; Maine Mariner

I think that he withdrew from the race.


26 posted on 03/07/2012 8:54:03 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (A chameleon belongs in a pet store, not the White House)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Yeah, bizarre he’d intentionally go by his middle name when he ran for federal office. Kinda like a guy named John Mark Foley using his middle name while seeking a U.S. Senate seat or a guy named Joe Bob Ney running for Governor using his middle name.


27 posted on 03/07/2012 10:58:12 PM PST by BillyBoy (Illegals for Perry/Gingrich 2012 : Don't be "heartless"/ Be "humane")
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To: taterjay; Clintonfatigued; AuH2ORepublican; fieldmarshaldj; GOPsterinMA; forbushalltheway; ...

Everyone was against marriage in 2000.

Um anyway guys, this article is the only source for this. And now it’s not there anymore. It looks like some idiot at Newsmax (which is a shoddy crap operation) reposted the article about his initial declining of the race. Lame.

BTW the thing that made him change his mind and get in was Patty Murray (DCSC Chair”woman”) threatened to sleep with him if he didn’t.


28 posted on 03/08/2012 4:36:42 AM PST by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Remember “Dallas”? Kerrey looks like creep Jeremy Wendell.


29 posted on 03/08/2012 4:39:55 AM PST by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Maine Mariner

Isn’t King going to vote as a Democrat in the Sente?

He can’t be independent.


30 posted on 03/08/2012 4:43:31 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ..... Crucifixion is coming)
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To: forbushalltheway

That was quick. LOL


31 posted on 03/08/2012 4:47:07 AM PST by jersey117 (The Stepford Media should be sued for malpractice)
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To: bert

No he won’t be independent, although yesterday he said he might caucus with the Republicans on some issues.
King is liberal, but he is not a moonbat like Pingree.


32 posted on 03/08/2012 6:02:28 AM PST by Maine Mariner
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To: forbushalltheway

There is no longer any such thing as a “good Democrat”.

The Democrat Party has been taken over by radicals and Marxists from the top on down, and has allied themselves with the Left, the unions, and Islam to bring this country to its knees.

The Democrat Party is the party of death, abortion and the homosexual agenda.

The Democrat Party is the cause of Obamacare, and the attack on the First and Second Amendments. They are the party of the TSA, which is a direct assault of our Fourth Amendment freedoms.

The Democrat Party has as their face Obama,Reid,Pelosi,Axelrod,Emmanuel,Clinton,Jarrett, Napolitano,Holder,Pannetta,Dean, Wasserman Schultz,etc—the most radical, anti-Constitution individuals to ever hold high government and political office.

People need to be confronted with why? when they admit they are Democrats, when all of the above is true.


33 posted on 03/08/2012 6:17:49 AM PST by exit82 (Democrats are the enemies of freedom. Be Andrew Breitbart.)
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To: Clintonfatigued; fieldmarshaldj; Impy; BillyBoy; randita; Clemenza; GOPsterinMA; RygelXVI
As hard as it is to fathom that Newsmax may have published something inaccurate (snort), I'm calling bullfeathers on this "report." Not only has no one else reported on this, but just today the only other Democrat in the race, University of Nebraska Regent Chuck Hassebrook, announced that he was dropping out and endorsing Kerrey. Maybe those professional newsmen at Newsmax read something about a Nenraska Democrat dropping out, grabbed some language from an old article about Kerrey citing family reasons for not running for the seat, and rolled out a false story.

But if, somehow, Newsmax has outscooped everyone else and Kerrey has indeed dropped out, I think that Mr. Hasselbrook could shoot Kerrey and no jury would convict him. In fact, Kerrey better stay in the race until the end, or Hasselbrook will make him feel sorry that he was ever born. Check this out, from the article about Hasselbrook dropping out:

Hassebrook, who heads the Center for Rural Affairs in Lyons, Neb., jumped into the race when Kerrey initially said he would not run, citing family considerations.

But Kerrey reversed himself last week and filed for the Senate.

Hassebrook said after getting word of Kerrey's reconsideration that he would remain in the race no matter what, and he suggested Kerrey's “integrity” was at stake.

“Bob Kerrey is a man of integrity,” Hassebrook said at the time. “He told me as recently as a few days ago that he would assist my campaign. I gave up my seat on the University of Nebraska Board of Regents based on his word. I do not believe he would go back on it.”

But on Thursday, Hassebrook ceded the nomination to Kerrey, a former two-term senator who is considered the Democrats' best chance to hold the Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Ben Nelson.

Hassebrook's decision clears Kerrey's path in the May 15 primary, but it is too late for Hassebrook to run for re-election to the regent's seat he's held for nearly 18 years.

http://www.omaha.com/article/20120308/NEWS01/120309701#hassebrook-out-of-u-s-senate-race

34 posted on 03/08/2012 1:45:52 PM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: AuH2ORepublican; Clintonfatigued; Impy; BillyBoy; randita; Clemenza; GOPsterinMA; RygelXVI

Yeah, looks like you’re right. I saw no expected follow-up articles on Kerrey’s alleged exit and with the Politics1 report of Hassebrook’s exit and endorsement of Kerrey today, something definitely smelled fishy. Still, I cannot believe Kerrey will follow through with this race given his horrible polling numbers. At least Mondale ran a decent race as a replacement candidate in MN after Wellstone’s death. This could be on par with the Dick Snelling-Pat Leahy 1986 race in VT or the Mark Warner-Jim Gilmore 2008 VA race in a mismatch of first tier challengers. Hassebrook would, ironically, probably get a higher % of the vote given that he is lesser known and not as polarizing.


35 posted on 03/08/2012 2:11:10 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Hasselbrook has a lower floor, but also a lower ceiling than Kerrey. Kerrey *could* win, but he is far likelier to lose big.


36 posted on 03/08/2012 3:02:02 PM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: AuH2ORepublican; fieldmarshaldj
Kerrey *could* win, but he is far likelier to lose big.

You think so? That would be sweet. Embarrass the codger and send him back to Weststar oil.

Hasselbrook gave up his job? Poor bastard. ;D

37 posted on 03/08/2012 5:16:52 PM PST by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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