When Democratic Senator Ben Nelson announced that he was going to retire rather than try to get reelected to his Nebraska senate seat, it seemed nearly impossible for Democrats to keep the seat, much less the senate.
Now, there may be hope after all.
Former Nebraska Governor and Senator Bob Kerrey has announced that his is giving serious consideration to running for Nelson’s seat, and that he will be spending the next week talking to local politicos and voters as he makes a final decision.
Kerrey, who has spent the last ten years in New York as the president of New School University, hasn’t been very active in politics since he left the senate in 2001, although he did briefly consider a run for senate in 2008 when Republican Chuck Hagel retired. Besides one term as governor and over a decade in the senate, Kerrey also took a quick run for the presidential nomination in 1992.
Kerrey, a former Viet Nam vet who lost a leg in the war, has always been a popular politician in the state, and likely the party’s best hope of keeping the senate seat, and the senate majority, in the 2012 election. If Kerrey announces a run, expect the rest of the Democratic field to clear for him, while the REpublicans continue with their contiguous primary battle.
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