Video Special: Osborn on taxes, IRS, President Obama as he kicks-off Senate bid

Joe Jordan | Nebraska Watchdog

target=”_blank” href=”http://watchdog.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2013/07/Osborn-4.jpg”>Shane Osborn walking in the recent Elkhorn Days parade

Shane Osborn walking in the recent Elkhorn Days parade

As Shane Osborn kicks-off his U.S. Senate campaign Thursday, it appears he’s looking to follow in Deb Fischer’s strategic footsteps.

When Fischer came out of nowhere to win last year’s GOP primary against two better known candidates, Jon Bruning and Don Stenberg, she did it by going west.

Fischer pulled in 47 percent of the vote in the sprawling 3rd Congressional District, enough to offset her losses in and around Omaha: more than enough to set up her landslide win over Bob Kerrey last November.

So it’s no accident that Osborn starts his bid for the U.S. Capitol in Grand Island, the 3rd District’s largest city.

Omaha lawyer Bart McLeay and Osborn, a former State Treasurer with target=”_blank” href=”http://watchdog.org/87958/reports-former-ne-treasurer-shane-osborn-running-for-us-senate/”>Navy hero status, are the only Republicans in the race so far. No Democrat has stepped up.

McLeay says he’s a better Senate fit because he knows how to “fix” economic problems.

What is Osborn’s economic message? Would he sign a pledge not to raise taxes? Close the IRS? And does he think President Obama is a socialist?

Nebraska Watchdog’s Joe Jordan reports.

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