October 24th, 2007
11:00 AM ET
13 years ago

Kerrey decides not to run in Nebraska

Kerrey said Wednesday he will not run for the Senate.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Sen. Bob Kerrey announced Wednesday he will not run for the Nebraska Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Chuck Hagel, ending weeks of speculation he might seek a return to Capitol Hill.

"For my family and me now is not the time for me to re-enter politics as a candidate," Kerrey, a former Democratic senator from Nebraska and now the president of New School University, said in a statement. "The New School is an exciting and talented community of men and women. I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to lead them."

Hagel, a two-term Republican, announced last month he would not run for re-election, nor seek the presidency in 2008. Former Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns quickly threw his hat into the ring on the Republican side and Democrats hoped Kerrey would follow suit, setting up a closely fought race in what is a solid Republican state.

"All of us need to resist the temptation of surrendering our interest in the outcome of elections or the work of our Congress. Too much is at stake," Kerrey said in his statement. "For my part I will continue to engage in the public issues of the day and to serve in ways that contribute to the solution of public problems."

Kerrey served as a senator from Nebraska from 1989-2001. He unsuccessfully ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1992.

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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Joe Lincoln NE

    Come on Bob! We NEED you!

    October 24, 2007 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  2. Robert, Shelton CT

    This is a shame, he is an honorable man, I just hope the New School realizes they have a true leader.

    October 24, 2007 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  3. Michael, Grand Rapids, MI

    Good. What would be the point now of a contest where a war-supporting (probably)Republican and a war-supporting Democrat were running against each other to replace somebody like Hagel?

    This should open up the field for some more progressive Dems to have a go.

    October 24, 2007 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  4. David, Tulsa OK

    Bob Kerry was a good senator, but as far as accurately representing a heavily-Republican state like Nebraska after being at the New School was probably a stretch - that place is about as far-left as you can get.

    October 24, 2007 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  5. Concerned Farmer, KS

    I wonder if we have enough food for the future? In reality, food is the most important thing, not DVDs, sports, or cars. We'll all die without food. I wonder how much food supply we have?

    October 24, 2007 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  6. Dan

    In the context of other bad news for Democrats this week (like the first poll of the ME Senate that has Collins up big), this definitely closes the door to Dems approaching 60 seats.

    October 24, 2007 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  7. roger, conway sc

    I think this was a good decision for Kerrey, he is a fine intelligent person. Nebraska is a true RED state and why waste the time, effort, and money let them elect someone who will follow the agenda of the neo-consevative, right wing, christian right agenda...

    October 24, 2007 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  8. Jean, Phoenix AZ

    Bob Kerrey's skull looks like it's about to burst open. This severe, weak little man doesn't have the courage or conviction to run for president. Thanks for nothing Bob

    October 24, 2007 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  9. Scott from Freehold

    Yes, Bob Kerry, who lost a leg fighting for this country is a coward. If those leading our country now had half the courage of this man, we'd be a lot better off and we would not be invading countries simply on testosterone rushes.

    October 24, 2007 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  10. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    A tad off topic, but Kerrey is still one of my favorite Senators for asking rhetorically about his colleague Rick Santorum's name, "is that Latin for [sphincter ani]?"

    October 24, 2007 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  11. Matt, Charlottesville, VA

    Speaking of testosterone rushes, how do you think that Vietnamese village Kerrey and his comrades slaughtered feel about his courage? Sorry, but he's the last person you should champion as a true man of reason when it comes to war.

    October 25, 2007 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  12. seg

    Isn't anyone else concerned that we're losing wise, experienced members of Congress like Hagel and Hutchison?

    And to think that I'm not even a Republican . . . sheesh.

    October 25, 2007 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  13. Max Black, Juneau, Alaska

    Typical abusive, childish right-wing comment–insult a war hero's bravery and mock the shape of his head. When is this country going to grow out of listening to people whose politics and behavior are worse than bullying third-graders?

    October 25, 2007 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  14. JFK, Phx, AZ

    To Jean of Phoenix, thats a sick comment!Shame on you! It is his life and his choice to run or not to run for public office. I seriously doubt that many people have accomplished what he has. While I would love to see him run for office, he deserves the respect to do what he wants.

    October 25, 2007 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  15. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    If I were someone from Nebraska, I would encourage Kerrey to run if there seemed to be no other good person to run. Are there any other contenders from this state? I hope so.

    October 25, 2007 10:11 am at 10:11 am |