As Nebraskans weigh who to send to Washington as a U.S. senator, World-Herald humor columnist Brad Dickson asks the candidates the tough questions. Today, Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning.
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Question: At one time you were the youngest member of the Nebraska Legislature. Any hazing incidents that you can talk about publicly?
Answer: Ernie Chambers once challenged me to a fistfight in the Rotunda. I felt I had the reach, but he had the upper body strength. In the end, it was a lose-lose situation for me. If I won, they'd say I beat up a 70-year-old man. If I lost, they'd say I got beat up by 70-year-old man.
Q: In 25,000 words or less, what's wrong with the current U.S. Congress?
A: Is the health care law less than 25,000 words?
Q: Is it true the U.S. Senate is your next step in the quest for world domination?
A: No. I'll save that for the Husker offensive line.
Q: The latest polls show you as a clear front-runner with a comfortable lead. So this means you just coast in and don't expend any real effort, right?
A: No. I figure the harder I campaign, the greater the chance I have of the World Herald writing something nice about me. But I'm not holding my breath.
Q: Why should someone reading this vote for Jon Bruning?
A: I'm not sure why anyone would be reading this.
Q: You recently bumped into Bob Kerrey in Washington, D.C. How awkward was it?
A: Very. Normally, I run into him in New York.
Q: The question all Americans are asking of their candidates: Do you own a dog, and, if so, does he ride inside or outside the family car?
A: I own two ferocious 12-pound Shih Tzus, Elvis and Daisy. They fight my kids for shotgun every time.
Find Dickson's daily humor column at Omaha.com/Dickson