Sen. Ben Nelson won't run for re-election
December 27th, 2011
01:25 PM ET
9 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. ex-sarge

    Dear Truth & Nothing... You had 6 years of the Republicans in the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives, ask yourself what they accomplished... Did they ban abortion? Did they get rid of the EPA? Did they manage to get rid of anything that they got the voters all worked up over??? The answer is no. And I got news for you Sparky, if you get all three headed by Republicans again, nothing you want will be accomplished, but everything that Exxon Mobile wants will be done before the swearing in is finished.

    December 27, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  2. Snoop

    Hey, "GROVER" – any chance that you can say anything without including overused liberal internet memes? As it is, you just sound like a complete tool.

    December 27, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  3. kd

    For all practical purposes, Nelson WAS a Republican. Good riddance.

    If you vote Republican, act Republican – you're Republican. Same with these so-called 'Blue Dog' Democrats. Buncha phonies.

    December 27, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    Another DINO (Democrat In Name Only) who finally recognizes that the Tea Party was a ginned up organization and wasn't going to to vote for him anyway regardless of how often he votes with them in the Senate. He lost the Democrats vote a long time ago anyway. realizing that his chances of winning reelection is zero to nil, especially with Freedom Works fielding a candidate against him. I say Good Riddance, Ben Nelson. With that other DINO, the Senator from Connecticut leaving, one less DINO to deal with in the Senate cannot be anything but good news for the Democrats in 2012. Even if Republicans win the seat, and that's a big IF, what the President will have after the election will be Senators who are committed to the Democratic causes.

    December 27, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  5. J

    another obamarat jumping ship

    December 27, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  6. PulTab

    No loss. He is a dino anyway.

    December 27, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  7. NoCommentCNN

    These comments are all self defeating. Why anyone would consider either party better than the other is beyond me. Stop thinking this is a Us against Them game.
    The UNITED States of America can not remain a free country as long as there are two parties who battle for the kingdom.
    The goal from the beginning was to make this country less like the Kingdom of England not more like it.

    December 27, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  8. Peace

    He won't be missed much. He was a bit of a burden to the party he pretended he belongs!

    December 27, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  9. Jimm

    A bit surprising given that recent polling showed him ahead of the 2 Republicans running.

    December 27, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  10. guesswho22

    There will be a mighty shet storm if the Republicans take the Congress and the White House. Many just want a moderately conservative, but the Republicans have their marching orders once in office. Look for many seniors and others to go hungry, homeless, and sick (or die). All this for political power. Can you Republicans live with yourselves?

    December 27, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  11. Obama frmo Hawaii

    What the F Senator Nelson..??? we'z going to lose the Senate as well as the WH now. Michelle is already upset that she couldn't take her entire extended family to hawaii on our $4,000,000 tax payer vacation and now this bad news. What's next - Nancy P., aka Satans Mistress, decides not to run. Sounds like all the rats are getting of the ship early....

    December 27, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  12. Dopydem

    If there are no Repubs as president for the next 10years we will be known as the Socialist States of America.

    December 27, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |

    Funny how GOP deny the worst recession we had since Great Depression didn't happen in 2006 under GOP's congress and Pres Bush.


    December 27, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  14. billgme

    Grover Norquist is an enemy of the state. Doesn't the fact you lost the house in 2010 and most political experts expect Republicans will gain 3-5 seats in the Senate make you a little tipsey in your thinking. My suggestion is take a bath and get a job!!!

    December 27, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  15. cindy lo who

    dems are running from 12 as fast as they can....jump the sinking ship...who ever beats okenyan needs to demand a new white house be built...the stains left by the current ccupant are indelible

    December 27, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  16. Agreeable

    Grover Norquist and his ATR PAC (wealthy Americans for Tax Reform) are an enemy of the USA as are the radical tea party GOP members in the House of Representatives who are his puppets.

    The only tax reform I favor is a 1% EFT on all financial transactions including day-to-day purchases, currency remittances, wall street transactions, real estate transactions (including foreclosures), and bank to FED & FED to bank transfers. Add that to our current tax code and I (along with 100-million other US Citizens who vote) will support.

    December 27, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  17. J T

    Apparently Nelson hasn't been watching the news, where they keep saying that Obama has been coming up aces, the voters are tired of the Republicans in Congress, blah blah blah... It's too bad Nelson didn't know that the Democrats are going to do so well next year. Right? Right?
    Nelson's been finished ever since he voted for Obamacare. His only mistake was not dropping out of the race the day after his kamikaze vote. Apparently he can read the tea leaves a little better than BHO.

    December 27, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    Truth and Nothing But the Truth wrote:

    Good, another seat for the Republicans to pick up in the Senate... Bye bye Democrat Senate and Harry Reid! Then with a Republican President and House the country will be able to finally recover and move forward.
    Sen. Nelson voted quite often with the Senate Republicans on the most critical issues to liberals. Republicans will not be gaining a seat as much as Democrats will be losing a moderate. All of the moderates are leaving Congress, one by one. The economy is recovering, and is doing so at the pace predicted by most economists in 2008/2009.

    You have been to the left of where you usually twist and shout from today. Did you get visited by the ghost of Christmas future or something? You keep having flashes of liberalism in your postings today.

    December 27, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  19. guesswho22

    Many Democrats are retiring because a day of reckoning is coming. When the gov. goes belly-up in the near future, there will be millions sent to their deaths by one means or the other and these arrogant tyrants, most Republican, who sit in office to self-serve are going to pay for their crimes and sins. When you have nothing to lose and your hungry, homeless, and sick or dying, you become willing to do the unthinkable. Revolt

    December 27, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  20. nolawyersPLZ

    Really! It was george W and the GOP controlled congress that got this mess going. For those that don't read, it is Obama's policies that are getting us out of their mess. Just look at the stock market. g.W. Bottomed out in March of 09. Those tea-bagged folks and the other haters just want to go back to those days. I never heard any republicans whining when ronnie (enemy of the middle class) reagon and g. W. were spending like drunk republicans to amass most of this debt. Only now when a Democrat is spending like a drunk republican. Keynesian economics does work sometimes and obviously better than more tax cuts for the rich 1%.

    December 27, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  21. jima54

    It's tough getting up and going to work every day to do Republican stuff while pretending to be a Democrat. It can plum wear you out!

    December 27, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  22. Wired

    He is a blue Dog. Nebraska is Republican against it's own interests, as seen by all of the republican farmers opposing the Keystone pipeline.

    December 27, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  23. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    jason - Truth and Nothing But the Truth – I think you are an idiot and white Trash.
    Why thank you very much for that well thought out, fact filled response! And you're calling ME an idiot??!! BWAHAHAHA!!!

    And the only trash in this forun is your useless responses. Please learn how to post something worth reading.

    December 27, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  24. Jeff

    Great News! This man is finally doing the greatest service for his country in all his years of public service he should have left or changed parties long ago. Hopefully the people of NE will forgive the democratic party for this dino. If they want the same representation that he was giving they should just vote republican and be done with it, but why they would vote for a republican is beyond me.

    December 27, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  25. Michael

    When it's a choice between two republicans, the people will pick the republican every time. But, thanks for your healthcare vote. We couldn't have done it without you.

    December 27, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
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