Washington (CNN) - Former Democratic Sen. Bob Kerrey has changed his mind and "wants to run" for his old seat in Nebraska, a Democratic source told CNN Monday.
Kerrey told Democratic leaders of his intentions after deciding against a bid earlier in February.
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Kerrey, who represented Nebraska in the Senate from 1989 until 2001, after serving four years as the state's governor, is widely considered the Democrats' best chance at the seat in 2012.
Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson announced in December that he was retiring in 2012, at the end of his term.
Before Kerrey's reversal, nonpartisan political handicappers Charlie Cook and Stuart Rothenberg listed the seat as "likely Republican" and "safe Republican" respectively.
Go for it Kerrey. I'm just glad to see Ben Nelson go. We don't need anymore Blue Dog fakes in the party. Either get left, or get left behind.
Before Kerrey's reversal, nonpartisan political handicappers Charlie Cook and Stuart Rothenberg listed the seat as "likely Republican" and "safe Republican" respectively
With Obama at the head of the Democrat ticket, I doubt they'll change the rating. Obama will be dragging a lot of Democrats down with him come November.
Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - Go for it Kerrey. I'm just glad to see Ben Nelson go. We don't need anymore Blue Dog fakes in the party. Either get left, or get left behind.
Now there's the Democrat Party of today, leftists, commies and socialists. The "party of tolerance and diversity"!! BWAHAHAHAHA!!!
I would sure like to see more Independent candidates running for office.
I am a fire-breathing, bleeding-heart, tree-hugging liberal Democrat with a Capital D and am proud of it.....this is good news and makes it even more likely that we will hold the Senate, retake the House and, of course, retain the White House. Go Dems!
Great news. This seat will remain iin the Democrats' column.
thank goodness the democrats will have a choice. Good luck Obama 2012 move forward.
Considering the republican party is made of of fascists, religious extremists, and misinformed people who have no tolerance of seniors, policemen, firemen, teachers, veterans, workers, minorities, poor people, the middle class, college students, and the rest of the world; I say good luck Sen. Kerrey.
The Blue Dogs Must Go – go for it Bob .
Vote Democrat – 2012 – 2016 – 2020
Well, truth, at least we try to be, in stark contrast to the comments from the rightie pundits who scream about RINOS. Its a pity you define yourselves far more by what you are against, rather than what you are in favor of, but its a sign of how morally and intellectually poor the Right has become. BTW, does anyomne know that Kerry won military citations while in Viet Nam?
That's good news... The fall 2010 'Tea Party' experiment has failed. Nebraskans should take heed and elect someone that'll represent all of them, not just a small group.
Well I am a blue dog democrat and proud of it. but the dayus of being in the middle are going quick still glad to see the dems. get the seat hopfully.
Bob Kerrey is just a carpet bagger. Run for a Senate seat in your home state of New York. File to run for your seat after stronger opposition can not run against you. Liberal politics and cheap scam artist won't fly in Nebraska.
"Larry in Houston
The Blue Dogs Must Go – go for it Bob .
Vote Democrat – 2012 – 2016 – 2020"
Hey! Don't skip 2014 – 2018 – 2022....
We've seen how bad the Repubs can be in congress....
Great news to see Senator Kerrey again. It can now only go one way in Nebraska. UP.
One of the good guys. Dems now have a good chance to keep this seat. Kerry will brings years of seniority with him.
Thank you Mr.Kerrey for hanging in there for the 99%ers.Ben Nelson was a sheep in wolfs clothing,lost all the Democrates respect with him siding all the time with those hypocritical republicans.Back in the day Nelson would have been tarred and feathered for his actions.We the Dems,need someone like yourself to teach a young Kerrey to continue to carry the democratic torch for the people of this country.Thanks for your years of service...
This should make things interesting in Nebraska! Maybe some of it will spill over into a more progressive Colorado also?
The Real Tom Paine – Its a pity you define yourselves far more by what you are against, rather than what you are in favor of,
We do, you're just too dumb and hateful to take the time to listen and understand it. It is too far over your head, which is more often than not, firmly placed between your buttocks.