Nebraska’s 2nd District could be political bellwether for US
THE MIDTERMS ARE JUST WEEKS AWAY, AND POLLING INDICATES IT’S LIKELY THE GOP WILL TAKE THE HOUSE.
BUT FOR THOSE RUNNING IN SWING DISTRICTS, LIKE NEBRASKA’S SECOND, NOTHING CAN BE TAKEN FOR GRANTED.
Bacon: They want someone that can collaborate, that can find consensus after the election. Where you can shake hands and say, ‘Okay, what can we get done?’ And I think that’s the personality of the district.
CONGRESSMAN DON BACON REPRESENTS WHAT’S ARGUABLY ONE OF THE MOST EVENLY SPLIT DISTRICTS IN THE COUNTRY.
Bacon: I think it generally supports more conservative policies. But also, it wants when you win an election, you shake hands, and you’ve tried to work across the aisle to get things done.
OUT OF THE 405 THOUSAND REGISTERED VOTERS, 38% ARE REPUBLICAN, 36% DEMOCRAT, AND 26% ARE EITHER NON -PARTISAN OR FALL INTO OTHER PARTIES.
THE DISTRICT WENT FOR OBAMA IN 2012 AND TRUMP IN 2016.
IN 2020, EVEN THOUGH THE DISTRICT WENT FOR BIDEN, IT WAS BACON, A REPUBLICAN, WHO WON THE HOUSE SEAT.
BACON THINKS HIS DISTRICT IS A GOOD LITMUS TEST FOR WHERE MANY AMERICANS STAND POLITICALLY.
SINCE WINNING THE SEAT IN 2016, 13 BILLS BACON AUTHORED WERE SIGNED INTO LAW, SOMETHING HE SAYS REQUIRED COMPROMISE.
UNLIKE MANY OTHER REPUBLICANS, HE VOTED IN FAVOR OF THE INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN
Bacon: This is a victory for America, and Republicans stand for infrastructure. We should have claimed the mantle of this bill.
AND HE SAID HE WON’T VOTE FOR TRUMP IF THE FORMER PRESIDENT RUNS IN 2024
(Ryan off camera) Does that position help you or hurt you?
Bacon: I’m just being honest, I couldn’t even tell if it helps or hurts. I want to, first of all, we got to get through 2022. That is my focus.
THE INCUMBENT CONGRESSMAN THINKS IF REPUBLICANS WANT TO WIN BIG IN NOVEMBER, THEY CAN’T TAKE ANYTHING FOR GRANTED IN THE COMING WEEKS.
Bacon: I think, for the Republicans, worst case scenario we pick up like 10 seats. We have the possibility of picking up 20 or 30. The way the districts are distributed, right now, if you’re in a minus two, it’s about a break even for Republicans. We were sitting at plus one or zero for early August, early September, which still means we pick up seats, frankly.
POLLS SHOW REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS AND THE ECONOMY ARE TWO OF THE TOP ISSUES FOR VOTERS IN 2022. BACON IS PRO-LIFE, BUT HE’S NOT A HARDLINER AGAINST ABORTIONS.
Bacon: I think we should have a 15 week ban. I just think that’s the middle ground. If you go right, you lose votes. You go left, you lose votes.
BUT BACON SAYS THE BEST WAY HE, AND THE GOP, CAN WIN IN NOVEMBER IS BY FOCUSING ON THE ECONOMY.
Bacon: People could connect the dots: High inflation due to reckless spending, leading to higher interest rates to slow the economy down, which leads to a recession, which then hits the stock market, people can connect these dots. And you know, they’re, they’re smart, and they see what’s going on here.
BACON SAID HE KNOWS SOME PEOPLE WILL VOTE BY STRAIGHT PARTY LINES IN NOVEMBER, BUT TO THE INDEPENDENTS AND FOLKS ON THE FENCE, HE SAYS:
Bacon: If you want to have a check and balance, and bring Joe Biden back to the middle, the way he campaigned, then keep me in there. Let’s get a Republican majority in the House. What we have found that after the election, Biden went to the left. We need to pull him more in the center, just like we did with Bill Clinton in 1994.