Campaigns are in full swing now for the candidates running for Nebraska's open U.S. senate seat.When U.S. Senator Mike Johanns announced his retirement, Norfolk native and former Nebraska State Treasurer Shane Osborn launched his campaign this summer.Republican Shane Osborn entered the race in June. Friday, he stopped in South Sioux City and spoke with Siouxland News about his agenda for Washington.
His campaign trail landed him at the Knights of Columbus in South Sioux City for Friday Coffee where he told Nebraskans that he plans to be accountable to voters and take charge in Washington to make a difference, something he says he's been trained to do.
The former naval aviator is best known for his heroic acts in 2001 when a Chinese fighter jet struck the plane Osborn was piloting. He skillfully landed safely but Osborn and his crew were taken into custody, investigated and later released.Now, the politician is prepared to battle for a new cause and represent Nebraskans. "We have a saying the Navy: 'not on my watch' that's why I'm running. I don't want to see our country decline. I think our best days are ahead of us if we can grow this economy, get the regulations out of the way of businessmen and women were going to have great success and our best days are ahead of us," said Osborn. As for the past few days with the recent government shutdown and the partisanship troubles in Washington, Osborn says the federal debt needs to be addressed with both Republicans and Democrats. "We're going to have to work on getting a budget passed. We're going to have to work on making sure we don't have to keep continuously raising this debt ceiling through controlled spending," said the candidate. Through his hard work ethic and willingness to collaborate, Osborn says if elected, he plans to tackle Washington's issues, along with job growth and Veterans's Affairs.
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