Dinsdale hails from Palmer, Nebraska, where he grew up working summers and evenings on the family farm. Dinsdale's family also founded and owned a local bank, the State Bank of Palmer. Dinsdale credits this melding of farming and local finance for instilling the "values of hard work and the happiness of serving the community." Dinsdale began a professional career in finance after graduating from the University of Nebraska, where he worked in bank branches around the state. In 1994, he was named President of Pinnacle Bancorp, Inc., the second largest family owned bank in Nebraska. He currently serves on the board of directors of the University of Nebraska Foundation, the Methodist Hospital Foundation and Ameritas Life.
Dinsdale listed the following issues on his campaign website:
Obamacare: "I believe we must repeal the President’s healthcare law. Since its launch on October 1, 2013, ObamaCare has been an enormous debacle. Within the first month alone, hundreds of thousands of people lost their health insurance as a direct result of ObamaCare, and it is being reported upwards of 8 million Americans will lose their health insurance within the year. As for the goal of making health insurance more affordable, ObamaCare has failed. The law is creating a huge drain on the pocketbooks of all Americans — raising the average cost of premiums for a typical family by $3,671. If left in place, ObamaCare will also exacerbate our nation’s debt crisis. Government run health care is a failure. I believe the high cost of health care needs to be addressed, but smaller, measurable reforms would be wiser than trying to re-engineer the entire healthcare system, which accounts for 1/6th of our economy, all at once."
Farm Bill: "The Senate passed a long-term farm bill this year which is currently in conference. There are several provisions that I believe are a good step for American ag policy. Most importantly, it helps farmers and ranchers manage their risk through a strengthened crop insurance program. Long-term ag policy is a necessity, and this farm bill, while not perfect, is better than no farm bill at all. Reforms must be made to the food stamps program to limit fraud and ensure that those who need temporary assistance can get it."
Deficits and Debt: "Spending is the problem in Washington, not revenue. The federal government is spending beyond our means and our national debt is growing faster than our economy. It must stop. We need to control spending and begin to balance the budget just like Nebraskans do every day. If we fail to address the debt crisis, our children and grandchildren will be the first generation in history to inherit a country worse off than we were given."
Keystone Pipeline: "Americans spend hundreds of billions of dollars on foreign oil every year. For national security and our economy, we must do more to become energy independent. The Keystone Pipeline is a step toward actually achieving that goal. In addition to enabling us to be less dependent on foreign energy sources, the Keystone Pipeline will also create thousands of American jobs and add billions of dollars to the nation’s economy. With re-routing concerns already addressed, it is time to move forward with this project."
Secure the Border: "Immigrants have served an integral role in the prosperity of our nation. They come from every corner of the world, and work in every industry. While we must continue to encourage legal immigration, the number living in the United States illegally is evidence that our system is broken and needs to be fixed. We must begin by addressing the border. Once the border is secure for both immigration and national security purposes, we can then move forward with reforms that address the system."
Defense Policy: "The United States has built the most powerful and advanced Armed Forces in the world. The most essential role of government is to protect the people, and maintaining a strong military is imperative for national defense purposes. The war in Iraq is over, the combat mission in Afghanistan is winding down, but the war on terror is not. Our defense policy moving forward should foster ties with our closest allies, including Israel, while also enabling us to effectively defend against terrorists and potential adversaries."
Tax Pledge: "I’m for cutting taxes, not raising them. We cannot continue to take more from hardworking families. I believe the proper way to raise revenue is to grow the economy. Higher taxes are not the answer."
Debt Ceiling: "The debt ceiling is debt representing the full faith and credit of the United States. But our problem is out-of-control spending. At some point, enough is enough. You can’t borrow your way out of debt."
In a May 2014 radio ad, the Madison Project characterizes Sid Dinsdale as a liberal masquerading as a Republican.
Following a radio ad by the Madison Project, Club for Growth released a similarly themed television ad in May 2014 saying that Dinsdale would raise the debt ceiling and believes Obamacare has "some good aspects."
The 60 Plus Association followed other outside groups in criticizing Dinsdale for not being a true conservative, focusing specifically on Dinsdale's statement that he would vote to raise the debt limit.
In order to defend himself against attack ads from outside groups, Dinsdale released an ad of his own, stating that he would try to reduce spending "so we don’t have to raise the debt ceiling ever again."