Chuck Hassebrook announces bid for U.S. Senate in 2012

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February 15, 2012

Senator Ben Nelson, who is stepping down from his seat after 2012.

OMAHA, Nebraska: University of Nebraska Regent Chuck Hassebrook announced he would "fight for the little guy" as he runs for election to the seat of retiring Senator Ben Nelson, who announced in January that he would not seek re-election in 2012. In his announcement speech, Hassebrook said, "Washington is not working -- neither party is working -- for the common good, Washington is working for rich and powerful special interests.[1]

Hassebrook's decision came after several anticipated Democratic candidates declined to run for U.S. Senate in 2012. The first of whom were former Governor Bob Kerry and former Lieutenant Governor Kim Robak. Kerry stated that his decision was, "what I believe is best for my family and me," while Robak cited the power of big money and negative politics.[2][3] Following Kerrey's decision, the spotlight shifted towards Hassebrook and state Senator Steve Lathrop, both of whom were strongly considering a 2012 bid. However, one day before Hassebrook officially launched his campaign, Lathrop announced he would not enter the race, stating that he has unfinished business in his final term as a state senator and that he is "seriously looking at the governor race in 2014."[4]

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