Ben Sasse campaigns through Nebraska

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By Tim McNicholas


Updated: Wed, 09 Oct 2013 01:51:18 CST

Midland University President Ben Sasse says he's no politician.

That's not stopping him from running for U.S. Senate.

News 5's Tim McNicholas spoke with the candidate today in Hastings.

Ask Ben Sasse about the Affordable Care Act.

"Obamacare will not work,” he’ll say.

He'll sound the same horn as politicians all over Nebraska.

But Sasse is quick to distance himself from them.

"I'm not a politician. I've never run for anything in my life,” Sasse said. “But this spring when Mike Johanns dedided to retire, a lot of folks asked us to look at running for the Senate race.”

He's the president of Midland University. And, as he describes it, a dad that was worried about the world.

“He's just as qualified as anyone in office at this point,” Hastings resident Terri Streeter said. "We have politicians that promise us things while they're here to get our votes. And sometimes they are honest, then they go to D.C. and they come back and it's like they've been corrupted."

Ponzi schemes, fake math and false promises...

That's how Ben Sasse sees the budgets in Washington.

The Department of Health and Human Services reports that 6 in 10 uninsured Americans will be able to pay less than 100 dollars a month for coverage.

"That math isn't true,” Sasse said. “Single male policies are evidently going up by 100 percent."

Hastings Municipal Airport was stop 4 of 14 on Sasse's statewide tour.

His family flew into Hastings and from there headed to Grand Island by RV.

Sasse decided to run for Senate after touring Nebraska throughout the summer.

He says his top priority would be to crack down on the Affordable Care Act.