Source: Former Sen. Kerrey to run again
February 27th, 2012
01:27 PM ET
3 years ago

Source: Former Sen. Kerrey to run again

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.


Filed under: 2012 • Congress • Nebraska • Senate
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. 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.

    February 27, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  2. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Before Kerrey's reversal, nonpartisan political handicappers Charlie Cook and Stuart Rothenberg listed the seat as "likely Republican" and "safe Republican" respectively
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    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.

    February 27, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  3. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    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.
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    Now there's the Democrat Party of today, leftists, commies and socialists. The "party of tolerance and diversity"!! BWAHAHAHAHA!!!

    February 27, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  4. nothing new here

    I would sure like to see more Independent candidates running for office.

    February 27, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  5. Butter My Butt And Call Me a Biscuit

    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!

    February 27, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Great news. This seat will remain iin the Democrats' column.

    February 27, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  7. judy

    thank goodness the democrats will have a choice. Good luck Obama 2012 move forward.

    February 27, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  8. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    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.

    February 27, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  9. Larry in Houston

    The Blue Dogs Must Go – go for it Bob .

    Vote Democrat – 2012 – 2016 – 2020

    February 27, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  10. The Real Tom Paine

    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?

    February 27, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  11. ej

    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.

    February 27, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  12. eddieb

    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.

    February 27, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  13. Go Big Red

    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.

    February 27, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  14. a little sad

    "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....

    February 27, 2012 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  15. Sorensen

    Great news to see Senator Kerrey again. It can now only go one way in Nebraska. UP.

    February 27, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  16. Attila, The Hun

    One of the good guys. Dems now have a good chance to keep this seat. Kerry will brings years of seniority with him.

    February 27, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  17. Fla Pete

    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...

    February 27, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  18. Ed Peters

    This should make things interesting in Nebraska! Maybe some of it will spill over into a more progressive Colorado also?

    February 27, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  19. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    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,
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    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.

    February 27, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |