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U.S. Senate Candidates face off in first debate
The Keystone XL Pipeline, health care, and the farm bill are just some of the topics the Nebraska U.S. Senate Candidates spoke about during their first debate at the Nebraska State Fair.
Eager Nebraskans lined up to see Fischer and Kerrey face off Saturday. Everyone wanted to hear which candidate best represents rural Nebraska.
Democratic Candidate Bob Kerrey introduced himself as a moderate democrat.
"I will cross party lines and work with Republicans to balance our budget, simplify tax codes, reform immigration system and narrow the gap between rich and poor," said Kerrey.
While Republican Candidate Deb Fischer represents herself as an average American.
"We're family ranchers," said Fischer. "We're small business owners and I've been a citizen legislator for eight years. Just like many of you I volunteer in my community."
It's how they address the issues that matters the most. Like if the pipeline poses an environmental risk to the state.
"I support building the pipeline, but we have to make sure those environmental concerns are met and that's the process we're going through now," Fischer said.
"I believe the DEQ will make certain that our safety is protected and the pipeline can be built," Kerrey said.
Emotions ran high with talks of the farm bill.
"I get tired of talking about a farm bill, when the farm portion is less than twenty percent," Fischer said.
Fischer wants food stamps cut.
"It's not a farm bill. It never has been," Kerrey said. "It's a food, farm and jobs bill."
He says all three parts are necessary.
As far as the healthcare debate?
"This points out a big difference between Kerrey and myself," Fischer said.
Both candidates argue about the cost of medicare.
"We need to quit making this a political football," Fischer said. "These programs aren't sustainable."
"We need to move to the middle of the political debate," Kerrey said.
As to who won the debate, that's still up in the air.
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