Update: Bruning Returns Fire (updated information in red); Kerrey Camp Reacts
Jon Bruning’s Senate campaign is firing back at Bob Kerrey.
Following Nebraska Watchdog’s exclusive report (see below) which found Kerrey calling Bruning “disrespectful” of President Barack Obama—by not referring to him as “President Obama” in an ad— Bruning’s campaign says Kerrey has used similar language regarding former President George Bush.
Bruning’s campaign quotes The Villager newspaper in New York which reported last year that Kerrey said, “I felt Bush’s tax policies really disadvantaged New York.”
Campaign manger Trent Fellers adds, “While Bob Kerrey focuses on loyally defending his liberal ally, Nebraskans know the real concern is the obvious failure of the Obama Administration’s economic policies.”
Paul Johnson, Kerrey’s campaign manager disputes Bruning’s rebuttal. “There is a distinction to be made between casual conversation and a well thought out commercial in which every word is examined before it is produced,” says Johnson. ”It is also a question of tone and intent. If you watch the ad in question it is pretty clear as to the intent and the disregard.”
In an exclusive on-camera interview (see video below) with Nebraska Watchdog, Kerrey— who is running for the Senate seat being vacated by Ben Nelson—criticized one of Jon Bruning’s latest TV ads.
“It’s disrespectful,” says Kerrey. “I would never call President Bush ‘George Bush’…no it’s President Bush, it’s President Clinton, President Obama. Yes I think it is disrespectful.”
Asked why he thinks Bruning didn’t say “President Obama” Kerrey told Nebraska Watchdog, ”I don’t know, it could be lack of experience for all I know.”
Nebraska Watchdog has contacted Bruning’s campaign about Kerrey’s comments. Bruning’s campaign has not responded to Nebraska Watchdog.
Reported by Joe Jordan, email@example.com
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