Kerrey makes Senate run official
February 29th, 2012
03:10 PM ET
11 years ago

Kerrey makes Senate run official

(CNN) – Former Democratic Sen. Bob Kerrey on Wednesday officially announced his bid to recapture his old Senate seat in Nebraska.

"Doing things the conventional way has never been my strong suit," Kerrey said in a statement. "This afternoon, I will file to become a candidate for the United States Senate in Nebraska."

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While Kerrey unveiled a new campaign website Wednesday, a spokesperson from the state's Elections Division confirmed that he had not yet filed his paperwork.

Kerrey served as senator from 1989 to 2001, following a four-year term as governor. He's widely considered the Democrats' best chance at the seat in 2012.

The formal announcement came two days after CNN confirmed the Democrat planned to launch a campaign, reversing a decision he made earlier in the month not to run.

"I came to realize that my previous decision was the easy one, not the right one," Kerrey said in the statement Wednesday.

The Senate hopeful is running to replace Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson, who's set retire at the end of his term.

"My commitment to serve Nebraska and America, and to be part of the debate about the challenges we face was too strong to dismiss," he said. "I look forward to seeing you in the coming weeks. We have a lot of work to do."

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Filed under: 2012 • Ben Nelson • Democrats • Nebraska • Senate
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Frank

    Kerry is actually an experienced political leader who is gifted with common sense and a sense of the common good, unlike the Tea Party. He would be an asset in the US Senate for sure.

    February 29, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  2. the real deal

    just what we need anorther one of obamas puppets in offfice anorther demostooge

    February 29, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  3. Texas Doc

    You forgot to add Medal of Honor recipient and Navy SEAL. Love to see the GOTea make something of that.

    February 29, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  4. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    An old Democrat re-tread being forced to run to try and save the seat for the leftist Democrats and be an Obamadroid. I doubt the people of Nebraska have any interest in him especially after Nelson sold out for Obamacare with the Corhhusker kickback. I think they've had enough of sleazy Democrat poltics.

    February 29, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  5. Danel

    Any politicians who will vote to go to another war should be primaried. No more war unless it's for defending America's soil. Not for anybody else. If they want war let them fight for it.

    February 29, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  6. mike

    Kerrey 2012!!!

    February 29, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  7. logicnLA

    Real deal and truth,nothing- I guess you forgot about the years of comprimise in congress. Carey, as a bad presidential candidate, was a better Senator than anyony running for the Republican candidacy now. He was honest and listened to his colleagues before voting. Now, like petulent little children, all you here is NO!

    February 29, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  8. BLKMANinAmerica

    GOOD, I hope he wins he was a good Senater.

    February 29, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  9. realitybites

    Truth and Nothing But the Truth, you mean like the Repbulican retreads that the GOP is desparately hoping will jump into the race so as not to have Romeny as a choice, Rubio, Bush, Christie, etc. This man is a decorated Navy Seal, Senadtor and Nebraska Governor. Aparently, he's done something right in his put him where he is. How 'bout you? Looks like the little 2010 GOPTEA tidal wave hit a cliff and is backwashing a lot of the same sewage it brought in. Have fun gnashing your teeth, snarling, and sniping. Ain't gonna help ya much.

    February 29, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  10. Why Use Facts

    He can run in Nebraska, even though he shouldn't be able to run. He hasn't lived in Nebraska for so long we don't know if he can even find the state anymore. Nelson sold out with the Cornhusker kickback and knew he couldn't get reelected so he retired. If the best the Democrats can come up with is a liberal who hasn't lived in Nebraska for over ten years and who would have voted for the healthcare bill without even though he thought it didn't go far enough, then the Republicans have already won the seat. Nice to know the Democratic Party is going to waste their money in Nebraska on a race they don't have a chance of winning instead of spending it where it might do some them good.

    February 29, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |