Neb. Senate Hopefuls to Square Off in First Debate

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Nebraska U.S. Senate hopefuls Deb Fischer and Bob Kerrey are squaring off this weekend in their first face-to-face debate of the campaign.

Kerrey, a Democrat, is attempting a comeback after his second U.S. Senate term ended in 2001. Fischer, a Republican, is pitching herself as a Washington outsider.

Both are running for the seat now held by Democrat Ben Nelson, who is not seeking re-election in November.

University of Nebraska at Omaha political science professor Paul Landow says Kerrey will likely play up his experience at the national level, while Fischer emphasizes her work in the Legislature.

The debate is scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday at the Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island. It's sponsored by The Omaha World-Herald, The Grand Island Independent and RFD-TV.

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