U.S. Senate candidate Deb Fischer earned standing ovations Saturday from the Nebraska Republican Convention.
Fischer drew a sharp contrast with opponent Democrat Bob Kerrey, the Grand Island Independent reported.
“Bob Kerrey and Ben Nelson have already had their chances,” Fischer said. “Now it’s time for someone new, someone different. Someone who will bring Nebraska to Washington…not Washington to Nebraska.”
Meanwhile, the Kerrey camp noted the significant amount of money Fischer's ranch saves each year under an outdated U.S. government grazing program.
Fischer and husband Bruce lease nearly 12,000 acres and run about half their cows in the McKelvie National Forest near Valentine. They pay $1.35 per cow per month on the land, less than 5 percent of normal pasture rent.
That amounts to a savings of at least $110,000 each year for the Fischers, thanks to Uncle Sam, Kerrey said in an email appeal to supporters.
The Fischer family acquired the grazing rights to the national forest in the 1950s. Fischer married into the family in 1972.
Fischer said the complaints about her family’s low-cost grazing rights is a false negative.
She told Republican convention delegates that her opponent was recruited by Washington insiders.
“One candidate (Kerrey) has been recruited by Harry Reid and the Obama Administration to come back to Nebraska so the Democrats can hold onto their majority in the United States Senate,” Fischer said, according to the Grand Island Independent.
Fischer’s campaign staff sent copies of the Grand Island newspaper report to news media across the state.