Sasse jumps into U.S. Senate race

Ben Sasse said Tuesday he will run for the U.S. Senate seat that will be vacated by Mike Johanns next year.

Sasse, who is president of Midland University, a private Christian liberal arts university in the town of Fremont, where he grew up. Sasse has been engaged in a listening tour of Nebraska, but this week filed legal campaign paperwork with the secretary of state to raise money, hire staff and begin organizing a campaign.

He told Nebraska Watchdog he intends to run for the Senate, with a formal announcement this fall.

"After weeks of listening across our state, it is obvious that Nebraskans want change in government," he said in a press statement. "That means electing someone who will call nonsense on Washington's endless false promises, who actually knows how to dismantle Obamacare, and who will stand up to political leadership, regardless of party."

He joins two other Republicans in the race, former Nebraska State Treasurer Shane Osborn and Omaha attorney Bart McLeay.

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