Sasse announces Senate reelection bid

Sasse announces Senate reelection bid
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Sen. Ben SasseBenjamin (Ben) Eric SasseThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump lauds tariffs on China while backtracking from more To cash in on innovation, remove market barriers for advanced energy technologies Feds face mounting pressure over Epstein's death MORE (R-Neb.) formally announced his 2020 reelection campaign at Millard Airport in Omaha, Neb., on Monday evening.

“We are grateful. We are excited. We are ready to work hard,” said Sasse, accompanied by Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts (R), Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert (R) and Rep. Don Bacon (R-Neb.).

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"The reason we did this in 2014 and the reason we want to go do this again ... is because America is an experiment. America is an idea. What we said in 2014 is just as true now," he added. "We’re not doing this primarily about 2020. We’re doing this about 2030 and beyond. We’re doing this because of the kind of country that we need to pass along to our kids and grandkids and to your kids and grandkids."

Sasse, a critic of President TrumpDonald John TrumpFacebook releases audit on conservative bias claims Harry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' Recessions happen when presidents overlook key problems MORE, cited some "troubling stuff" afoot in America, adding that "the crisis of community that we face is extra urgent in our moment" and citing issues ranging from the opioid crisis to "surging racial hatred."

“That is a crisis that we have to solve by teaching it to the next generation,” he said.

In 2014, Sasse won election 64 percent to 31 percent.