Republican U.S. Senate nominee Ben Sasse visited Beatrice Wednesday afternoon in the latest stop on his Nebraska tour.
Sasse launched his campaign earlier this week, and said issues concerning the Affordable Care Act -- commonly referred to as Obamacare -- are what drove him to run for his first political position.
“The core reason I would say we’re running more than any other issue is because Obamacare is a disastrous piece of legislation that won’t work and won’t be implementable,” he said. “I’m being called the national anti-Obamacare candidate and in a certain sense, that’s true. I am opposed to Obamacare on lots and lots of grounds.”
Sasse said the Affordable Care Act was “built on fake math,” and he believes citizens are tired of politicians arguing about the legislation, though a compromise isn’t the answer.
“I’m not looking to meet in the middle, but I am looking to treat people with dignity and respect and try to persuade people,” Sasse said. “There’s too much shouting… I think Nebraska’s ranked one of the four most conservative states in the union, and yet our people, even as conservative as we are, are sick of all the yelling. “
Sasse, president of Midland University in Fremont and a former assistant U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, also addressed the federal government shutdown to those in attendance at the event held at Beatrice Municipal Airport, and how the shutdown portrays the government.
“The government shutdown is just a perfect picture of how dysfunctional that place is,” he said. “Washington has been living way beyond its means for a long time… There’s not a lot of seriousness in that city and so I think the shutdown itself is an ugly expression of how broken things are, but we need to have a much bigger conversation than the one they’re having now.”
Other Republican candidates seeking the seat that will be vacated by Sen. Mike Johanns at the end of next year include former state Treasurer Shane Osborn, Omaha banker Sid Dinsdale and Omaha attorney Bart McLeay.