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U.S. Senate Candidate talks political ads and where he stands in the polls
U.S. Senate candidate Bob Kerrey was in Grand Island Thursday, addressing concerns from small business owners.
There were only about ten people at the event, but many voiced their concerns about small business regulations and taxes that are preventing them from growing their businesses.
Kerrey said he would like to see corporate taxes for small businesses go down on because he says they are the foundation of the economy.
"We have to be very careful that we don't put regulations and tax policies in place that make it difficult to do the one thing that everybody says that they want to do which is create more jobs," Kerrey said, adding that small business owners need to feel like they've got an incentive to operate.
"One of the individuals here was talking about paying 38 percent in corporate taxes, he's not back in Washington lobbying for exemptions he's paying the full load and that's a big number," he said.
But tax rates aren't the only issues small businesses are talking about. The 11-year New Yorker has some lost time to make up to win over his supporters, but he says the time he's spent on the east coast shouldn't been an issue.
"I went to public schools at Bethany, I went to Lincoln Northeast High School, I went to the University of Nebraska volunteered for the Navy here in Nebraska and yet according to these ads and people listening to these ads, I've been outside the state my entire life and these are being paid for by guys that probably have never been in Nebraska," Kerrey said. "The Cochs are from Canada, for God's sake."
Whether it's his 11-year hiatus or bi-partisan views, numbers on the polls aren't necessarily trailing his way.
"If I win the election I win the election," Kerrey explained. "If I don't, I don't, but there's no way I can counter what they're doing."
Kerrey says there are bigger issues to be concerned about like the Farm Bill passed by the U.S. Senate Thursday.
"I think using crop insurance is a good example by the way," he said. "It's not only an accomplishment of mine but a bipartisan accomplishment because Pat Roberts and I wrote the original crop bill in 90s with revenue assurance and I think it's a terrific way to mitigate risk."
When asked if he was concerned about EPA flyovers, Kerrey said "no," but he believes the EPA did a lousy job of informing people about their actions.
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