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Ben Sasse’s Team Rebuts Talk About a Primary Challenger

“He’s one of the most conservative members of the Senate and Ronald Reagan couldn’t get to his right,” Sasse’s spokesman said.

By NTK Staff | 02.05.2019 @11:49am
Ben Sasse’s Team Rebuts Talk About a Primary Challenger

Could Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) face a primary challenger in 2020? His staff sure doesn’t think so.

The Hill’s Alexander Bolton reported that some of Sasse’s anti-Trump jabs could prompt a Republican to try to challenge the popular Nebraska freshman. The theory goes that if someone viable put their name up, and if Trump is truly irked by Sasse’s refusal to back him in 2016, a Trump-backed GOP challenger could prove problematic.

But the senator’s team isn’t buying it.

James Wegmann, Sasse’s spokesman, said “anyone dumb enough” to run against his boss “would run into two buzz saws.”

“First, he’s one of the most conservative members of the Senate and Ronald Reagan couldn’t get to his right; second, he’s a fundraising machine and he’s just now ramping up those efforts,” Wegmann said. “The presidential primary speculation is an Acela corridor game played by pundits for pundits. Ben’s not paying attention to this nonsense.”

Sasse has not yet confirmed that he’ll run for another term, but if he does, he will have a strong conservative record on which he can run. He’ll also have the backing of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), per a statement from its executive director:

“It is the policy of the NRSC that we will defend any member of our caucus from any challenge — be it in a primary or general election — by any means necessary,” said NRSC Executive Director Kevin McLaughlin. “Let there be no ambiguity — Sen. Sasse has the unflinching support of the NRSC, and we will not hesitate to engage on his behalf.”

The only problem with the Sasse challenger theory? Nobody is stepping up to run against him. That could be because he was rated the second-most conservative member in the Senate, according to the American Conservative Union. He voted to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, is strongly anti-abortion, and an advocate for a strong U.S. military.

And while Sasse has broken with Trump on a few issues like the U.S.’s involvement in Syria, it seems highly unlikely that a candidate could mount a credible challenge on that turf alone.

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