Former Senator Bob Kerrey Decides He May Still Run For Senate

Democrats were overjoyed when former Nebraska Senator Bob Kerrey announced that he might consider running for retiring Senator Ben Nelson’s seat. But that joy was short lived, as a few weeks later Kerrey decided that he was not ready to return to the world of politics.

Now, Kerrey may have changed his mind.

Maybe.

Democratic sources in Washington cautioned Monday evening that Kerrey had conveyed the message to national Democratic leaders that he was rethinking his initial decision to stay out of the race. Some top Democrats interpreted Kerrey’s private comments as a clear signal he was jumping into the open-seat race, but others weren’t convinced.

“I can’t confirm anything; it’s up to him,” Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), chairwoman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, told POLITICO Monday evening. “Look, I think in Nebraska like every other state in the country that where we can say they’re tough red states, we’re seeing our Democrats do well. I think Bob Kerrey will be a great candidate there if he decides to run.”

Just like the last time he was believed to be mulling a run, opposition is already mounting a preemptive strike against him.  This time, the push is being lead by anti-abortion action groups. ” National Right to Life Committee writes, “During his two terms in the U.S. Senate (1989-2000), Kerrey cast three votes in accord with NRLC’s positions, while he voted against NRLC 70 times, for a career Senate score of 4% (four percent).”

Kerrey has until March 1st to make a formal decision and file paperwork before the Nebraska filing deadline.

 

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13 comments

Charles Temm JR
Charles Temm JR4 years ago

Again?

Recycling another has been into the Senate? Hell he was part of the professional pol group that put us into this fiscal trap we're in. He had no more courage than most of his contemporaries and he knows it.

Time for new blood in the Senate who will kick Reid in the butt. Another weak kneed pol like Kerry of either party isn't the answer. He'll get most of the Dem knee jerk voters (I see a D by his name so he's the guy) but that won't be enough by itself. Americans need to select some people who understand the desperation of our current fiscal/government morass-sending another of the same guys back who helped create it is no answer.

Frances C.
Frances C.4 years ago

Bob Kerrey, please run we need more sane voices in the Senate.

Jonathan Y.
Jonathan Y.4 years ago

A decorated vet, outdoorsman, and dedicated public servant. Go, John!

Linda T.
Linda T.4 years ago

National Right to Life Committee writes, “During his two terms in the U.S. Senate (1989-2000), Kerrey cast three votes in accord with NRLC’s positions, while he voted against NRLC 70 times, for a career Senate score of 4% (four percent).”

This is exactly why Kerry should run. Women will vote for Kerry after the last two years of the Republicans war against us.

Jane H.
Jane H.4 years ago

Run Kerry, run!

Cheryl M.
Cheryl M.4 years ago

You should live here in Nebraska. You would know how much Nebraska needs him.

Marianne C.
Marianne C.4 years ago

It's not just Nebraska that needs him, Sue: the whole country does. We need more like him to step up and agree to serve again to prevent any more Tepublicans from slipping in.

John Mansky
John Mansky4 years ago

Millionaires making more millions...

Sue Jones
Sue Jones4 years ago

Nebraska needs him badly - I hope the appeals for him to run will get him to change his mind.

donald baumgartner

Kerry for Senate!!