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Ricketts, Bruning make final campaign stops before Republican primary

Gov. Dave Heineman and Republican candidate Jon Bruning made a final stop in South Sioux City, Neb. Monday. Gov. Dave Heineman and Republican candidate Jon Bruning made a final stop in South Sioux City, Neb. Monday.
As candidates criss-cross the state of Nebraska in the final push before Tuesday's primary, one gubernatorial candidate is drawing distinctions between himself and his chief rival.
Republican candidate Pete Ricketts said Monday that he believes Gov. Dave Heineman's recent endorsement of Jon Bruning gives voters a clear choice.
"You can go with the status-quo, auto-pilot candidate in Jon, who's been involved in state government for almost 20 years," said Ricketts. "He's a career bureaucrat. He's part of the system. But if you think we're a high tax state and need to get our taxes down, then we need somebody with new ideas and a fresh perspective."
Heading into that primary, Bruning is considered one of the favorites after his recent endorsement from Gov. Heineman.
Both made a stop in South Sioux City Nebraska Monday.
Gov. Heineman reaffirmed his endorsement of Bruning before a crowd at the Marina Inn Conference Center.
Heineman noted that there were six good candidates in the Republican primary, but he believes that Bruning excels in two key areas besides his experience - economic development and education.
"He's committed to controlling state spending, lowering taxes, continuing to move forward with our economic momentum," said Heineman. "The third issue is education, to ensure that every single young person in this state receives a quality education."
With six years as a state senator and 12 years as attorney general, Bruning believes he's ready to step in day one.
Bruning noted that Heineman's approval ratings are among the highest in the country. He wants to build on what Heineman has done for Nebraska, making the governor's endorsement important to him.
"It's very humbling to me because he's so well-respected because of the good job he's done balancing the budget and keeping our state moving in the right direction," said Bruning. "I hope to follow in his footsteps, emulate what he's done, and then try to do even better."
Polls open for the Republican primary Tuesday at 8 a.m.
Besides Bruning and Ricketts, candidates include state senators Beau McCoy and Tom Carlson, state auditor Mike Foley and tax attorney Brian Slone.

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