Sen. Ben Nelson won't run for re-election
December 27th, 2011
01:25 PM ET
11 years ago

Sen. Ben Nelson won't run for re-election

(CNN) - Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska announced Tuesday that he will not run for re-election next year.

Nelson, 70, said in a statement that it was time to "step away from elective office, spend more time with my family, and look for ways to serve our state and nation."


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soundoff (75 Responses)
  1. paul

    Too bad to see this. America is a place where Republican-led fanaticism wants to take hold. As a dual American and Canadian citizen, I am sad to see the Amerikkka that Republicans want to create. The world fears Republicans, knowing they represent the worst of America – the worst of American ignorance. Sad.

    December 27, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  2. Palin: Like Coulter ... Minus the Manparts

    Really? I was hoping to see this guy squirm a little over his re-election prospects.

    December 27, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC


    He won't be missed much. He was a bit of a burden to the party he pretended he belongs!
    He won't be missed at all. In fact, I would not doubt that he even leaves Washington D.C. He stands to make much more money as a lobbyist for special interests. He could make even more by "Gingriching" for corporations and special interests and selling books to conservatives.

    December 27, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  4. ergosum

    Yet another forum for under-employed and under-challenged twits to spew mindless garbage. Slither on o ship of fools.

    December 27, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  5. WDinDallas

    That's what? Four Democrats sneaking out before the investigations begin.

    December 27, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |

    DEMS, didn't support this guy anyway.

    December 27, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  7. John

    The Republican have all ready make this Congress the worse It ever been. So you people what Republican In the Senate to make It the worse It every been. You should just kiss America away ,because the Republican will ruin It. Just like the all most did In 2000-20008 under President Bush. Or have you all for got. If you have for got just take a look at the Do nothing Congress.

    December 27, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  8. lindy

    After 2012, Republican President will occupy the White House for seeral years; Both Houses of Congress will be the Republican majority and runs this country in a right direction both economically and employment will go down to 3.5%. Our Armed Forces will become strong again and our country leadership to the world will be restored. Bowing to the foreign Kings and Queens will not be tolerated as the current President did. Republican Presdient will no longer give bailouts to big corporarions and businesses and socialism will be entirely eliminated and rejected by the people of this country.

    December 27, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  9. Terry

    There are so many intellectually challenged, no brain types posting here! Keep in mind that the President is increasingly guaranteed re-election and the Dems to re-take the House next year given the appallingly poor candidates running for the approval of only the teapot extremists of the Republican far Right. Thet have ALL shown they lack morals, ethics, ideas, are slaves to crazy and unsupportable (or even explainable) ideology not unlike religious cults while having an abundance of disdain for the 99% of us in total subservience to their big corporate lobbyists and their Filthy Wealthy paymasters. The Republican party, its' insipid and plain wierd candidates, and its' total dedication to desytroying the economy, our retirements, medical care, job security and hope with their slash and burn tactics, total obstructionism, and demands for 100% capitulation to their demands is a gift that truly keeps on giving to all Democratic candidates!

    December 27, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  10. Royal

    Another ones bites the dust.

    December 27, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  11. Mark

    Dems a a shot and blew it. tea Party gave dems the senate again and reid has whined like a child. time for Pelosi, Reid, Boehner, and McConnell to all be gone. Power to the electorate, not some ratty MSNBC blogger.

    December 27, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  12. Jimmy

    You can thank the TEA party for the democrates NOT running.
    You can thank President Obama and Nancy for theTEA party.
    They drove they this country too far left.
    Now the Dems compllain about the TEA party????
    They created it.

    December 27, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  13. Royal

    Another one bites the dust.

    December 27, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  14. Ivy League Trains Idiots

    Good riddance and don't let the door hit you on the way out. You were a lousy democrat and a great friend to corporate America. I'm sure you were well rewarded for it.

    December 27, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  15. Jungle Jay

    Gone(Ben Nelson + Barney Frank) = Good for the Country..

    December 27, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  16. Steven

    Ben Nelson was a Democrat with GOP shell. I am so glad this traitor is leaving congress. I hope a real democrat picks up that Nebraska seat.

    December 27, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  17. munkittrick

    He'll not be missed, but his seat is safely going to another Dem, and with a Dem in the White House again, we'll finally be able to ride these Retardicans into the ground once and for all. Guns and Jesus is NOT a platform. It's target practice.

    December 27, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  18. tjaman

    Good. Maybe we can get elect a DEMOCRAT this time. :\

    December 27, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  19. KJ

    Have a nice day!!!! I knew the Cornhusker kcikpack would be the end of the road for Ben. Too bad as I am sure he is a nice guy but one less person supporting the Mr Senility Harry Reid the better. He can be just as divisive in the minority only we won't care – time to take him back to yapping dog status like insider trading princess Pelosi.

    December 27, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    Hey snoop, your comment was boring and unintelligent the first time. Repeating it doesn't change any of that.

    December 27, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  21. DE

    Just what we need, another republinazi to protect the wealthy elite.

    December 27, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  22. Wise1Speak

    Good riddance!

    December 27, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    Excellent!! Now we can return to the halcyon Bush/Cheney years when the Republicants ran everything. The budget was balanced, Wall Street was fat & sassy and life was good (NOT).

    December 27, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  24. Anfscd

    There will be many more that go down with the Obama ship.

    December 27, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  25. loathstheright

    The Supreme Court Corporate Personhood made it so that Republicans can do the biding of their corporate pay masters and get enough undisclosed and unlimited funds to destroy any candidate...the Reichwing Corrupt Activist Judges need to be impeached for this criminal decision.

    December 27, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
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