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Video: Deb Fischer's acceptance speech
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Nebraska Republican Deb Fischer argued Thursday that voters are looking for “something different” this year — someone who's not a career politician.
“We're tired of career politicians,” said Fischer, 61, of Valentine. “We're tired of people who think they're entitled to things.”
Fischer was stumping in Omaha on Thursday as part of a statewide kickoff to her general election campaign for U.S. Senate.
About 50 people gathered at a west Omaha hotel to congratulate her on the primary victory, including Omaha City Councilwoman Jean Stothert and State Sens. Pete Pirsch and Beau McCoy, both of Omaha.
Fischer faces Democrat Bob Kerrey this fall in a race that garners national attention. Kerrey is a former presidential candidate who returned to the state this year to try to recapture his former Senate seat.
Fischer came from behind to beat Attorney General Jon Bruning Tuesday. She had run in third place for much of the campaign, until its final weeks.
This is her first statewide campaign. Kerrey has won three statewide races.
Fischer has served two terms in the Nebraska Legislature but called that “public service,” saying that she is no career politician. She said she was a ranch owner who would “change” Washington, D.C.
“Here in Nebraska, if we make this change, we can change this country's direction,” she said.
— Robynn Tysver
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Deb Fischer's acceptance speech