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Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz rally 1,000 for Ben Sasse in North Platte
Omaha.com ^ | April 26, 2014 at 12:00 am | David Hendee

Posted on 04/26/2014 9:58:05 AM PDT by SoConPubbie

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. — Two Republican rock stars and a cast of backup singers brought their act to Nebraska Friday for U.S. Senate candidate Ben Sasse as the state's GOP primary heads for a wild finale.

Tea Party favorites Sarah Palin, a former vice presidential candidate, and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas rallied a crowd of about 1,000 to support Sasse in the May 13 primary.

“What we need in the Senate are folks who are willing to not just go along to get along. We need the fighters,'' Palin said. “That's why I'm here for Ben Sasse. He is the right person for this job.''

The band of politicos staged their show at Buffalo Bill State Historical Park, against the backdrop of colorful western showman William F. Cody's cavernous horse barn. Sharing the spotlight were Sen. Mike Lee of Utah and former Nebraska Gov. Kay Orr.

Sasse said he was grateful to have their support during the final days of the campaign.

Palin, a former Alaska governor, said Sasse is the clear conservative choice in the election.

Cruz, elected two years ago, said Nebraska Republicans have good choices in the Senate race but Sasse is the strongest conservative voice.

Cruz said the biggest divide in country is not between Republicans and Democrats, but between entrenched politicians in both parties and the American people.

“I'm here supporting Ben Sasse because I believe he has the courage to look in the eyes of the party bosses in Washington and say, 'I don't work for you, I work for the people of Nebraska,''' said Cruz, a potential 2016 presidential candidate.

Lee, who was elected to the Senate in 2010, said Sasse has read the federal health care law championed by President Barack Obama and “knows how to fight Obamacare, repeal Obamacare and put you back in charge of your health care decisions.”

Sasse, president of Midland University in Fremont, is running for the seat held by Republican Sen. Mike Johanns, who is retiring. The other candidates are Pinnacle Bank chairman Sid Dinsdale, Omaha attorney Bart McLeay and former State Treasurer Shane Osborn.

The winner will face likely Democratic nominee David Domina, an Omaha attorney.

Friday's rally drew people from across the state.

Cindy Weitzenkamp of Uehling, Neb., said Sasse's problem-solving skill is his greatest attribute and is needed in Washington.

Weitzenkamp attended the rally with friends Anita Bowman of Uehling, Deb Heuer of Fremont, Cindy Norman and Pauline Norman, both of North Platte, and Jo Wacker of Hooper.

“Where else can you go for free — this isn't a fundraiser — and meet two former state governors and two current senators, and possibly a future senator all in one place?'' Heuer said. “It's a privilege to meet people who are actively involved in our country.''

Jacob Anthens and Jacob Harmel, both seniors at Central Catholic High School in Nebraska City, drove to the rally with their social justice class teacher, Father Steve Thomlison. They left Nebraska City at 4 a.m.

Thomlison said students in his class attend rallies and debates and study issues in preparation for voting for the first time.

Cody established the North Platte ranch in 1878. It was here that he created his Wild West Shows that toured the United States and Europe. Orr was governor when she hosted President Ronald Reagan at Scout's Rest Ranch in 1987.

Palin's endorsements are valued by conservative candidates.

Earlier this month, she endorsed Nebraska GOP gubernatorial candidate Pete Ricketts. Two years ago, she endorsed Deb Fischer in the final week of a hotly contested GOP primary race in Nebraska. Fischer went on to win the Senate seat. Besides Sasse, Palin has endorsed Senate hopefuls recently in Georgia, Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio and Oklahoma.

Sasse said Palin — who wore a red light sweatshirt with a jeweled Nebraska “N'' to the rally — arrived in North Platte on Thursday wearing Oklahoma Sooners shirt after campaigning in Tulsa. Sasse joked that he considered postponing the event to investigate her character.

Sasse said Cruz was supposed to wear a Husker shirt, too, “but he didn't keep his word.'' At that, Cruz flashed a Texas “Hook 'em, Horns'' hand sign to boos and laughter from the crowd.

An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) was in attendance at the rally. Fischer was not there and has not endorsed a candidate in the Senate race.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: cruz; mikelee; nebraska; palin; sarahpalin; sasse; teaparty

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1 posted on 04/26/2014 9:58:05 AM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: SoConPubbie; ColdOne; Monterrosa-24; ilgipper; exnavy; MarMema; Bikkuri; o2bfree; 12th_Monkey; ...
Ted Cruz Ping!

If you want on/off this ping list, please let me know.

Please beware, this is a high-volume ping list!
2 posted on 04/26/2014 9:58:38 AM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: SoConPubbie

Bump!


3 posted on 04/26/2014 10:05:36 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: SoConPubbie
Two Republican rock stars and a cast of backup singers brought their act to Nebraska Friday for U.S. Senate candidate Ben Sasse as the state's GOP primary heads for a wild finale.

Ah, nothing like some good objective unbiased reporting to start an article off on the right foot. Or left foot.

Don't you suppose David Hendee's parents are busting proud that all that college money was well-spent on his Creative Writing classes! Too bad he only got a job in journalism.

Okay, now I'll continue reading with his second sentence of this article. I wonder how much I'll like it too. Tingles down my leg?
4 posted on 04/26/2014 10:40:08 AM PDT by Resettozero
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To: Resettozero

Sarah is still alive and well living rent free in the empty heads of the left wing.


5 posted on 04/26/2014 11:17:23 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: SoConPubbie; onyx; Abbeville Conservative; abigailsmybaby; afnamvet; alley cat; antceecee; ...
Ping to Sarah's Awesome List!

They are on a roll!

Go Sarah! Go Ted! Go Mike Lee! Go Sasse!


6 posted on 04/26/2014 11:19:13 AM PDT by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.- Sarah Palin)
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To: SoConPubbie
Sasse, president of Midland University in Fremont, is running for the seat held by Republican Sen. Mike Johanns, who is retiring. The other candidates are Pinnacle Bank chairman Sid Dinsdale, Omaha attorney Bart McLeay and former State Treasurer Shane Osborn.

So of those four, which one is the darling of the GOPe? I assume it isn't Sasse.

7 posted on 04/26/2014 11:23:48 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: KC_Lion

I’m a bit envious of the boy with that toy gun! I never had anything like that!


8 posted on 04/26/2014 11:25:00 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

My life would be complete after kissing Mrs. Palin’s hand. SHE ROCKS !


9 posted on 04/26/2014 11:32:14 AM PDT by bicyclerepair (The zombies here elected alcee hastings. TERM LIMITS ... TERM LIMITS)
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To: Jack Hydrazine
I didn't have anything like that either :(

BUT I did have a BB Gun once I got old enough and I love shooting it.

That could explain my love for guns now.

10 posted on 04/26/2014 11:42:45 AM PDT by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.- Sarah Palin)
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To: bicyclerepair
My life would be complete after kissing Mrs. Palin’s hand. SHE ROCKS !

Just before they pry Todd's hands from around the neck of your cold dead body?
11 posted on 04/26/2014 12:22:53 PM PDT by Resettozero
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To: KC_Lion

Liberal heads exploding! Who’s child is that?


12 posted on 04/26/2014 12:51:55 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: SoConPubbie
I'm here supporting Ben Sasse because I believe he has the courage to look in the eyes of the party bosses in Washington and say, 'I don't work for you, I work for the people of Nebraska,''' said Cruz, a potential 2016 presidential candidate.

Ted Cruz/Sarah Palin as good as it gets.!!!What a ticket!!

13 posted on 04/26/2014 1:19:49 PM PDT by rodguy911 (FreeRepublic:Land of the Free because of the Brave--Sarah Palin our secret weapon)
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To: KC_Lion

Thanks for the great photos!


14 posted on 04/26/2014 1:21:05 PM PDT by rodguy911 (FreeRepublic:Land of the Free because of the Brave--Sarah Palin our secret weapon)
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To: rodguy911
Ted Cruz/Sarah Palin as good as it gets.!!!What a ticket!!!

Nice. My personal preference is Sarah Palin/Todd Palin.
15 posted on 04/26/2014 1:41:28 PM PDT by Resettozero
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To: Resettozero

That would be unique.


16 posted on 04/26/2014 1:44:13 PM PDT by rodguy911 (FreeRepublic:Land of the Free because of the Brave--Sarah Palin our secret weapon)
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To: Resettozero

bttt!


17 posted on 04/26/2014 1:46:52 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: SoConPubbie
>> the biggest divide in country is not between Republicans and Democrats, but between entrenched politicians in both parties the RAT/RINO coalition, and normal people. <<
18 posted on 04/26/2014 1:50:35 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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To: KC_Lion

Tell that guy to get his finger OFF the trigger!!!

(Yeah, I KNOW it’s an Airsoft... but practice like it’s real)...


19 posted on 04/26/2014 3:26:47 PM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: KC_Lion

That will make liberals’ heads explode. I love it!


20 posted on 04/26/2014 3:56:39 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: bicyclerepair

Absolutely!


21 posted on 04/26/2014 7:59:55 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: COBOL2Java

> “So of those four, which one is the darling of the GOPe? I assume it isn’t Sasse.”

You are correct, it is not Sasse. It is Shane Osborn.


22 posted on 04/28/2014 7:08:42 AM PDT by jim_trent
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