• Don Bacon denounces claims in Democrats’ health care fliers, calls one attack ad ‘very vile’

    Women’s health care is the focus of the latest salvos in Nebraska’s 2nd District campaign ad war.

    Democrats have taken issue with Republican Don Bacon’s support for repealing the Affordable Care Act and defunding Planned Parenthood, saying both moves would hurt women’s access to preventive health care.

    “Donald Bacon would cut cancer screenings, putting lives at risk,” warns one Nebraska Democratic Party flier.

    Bacon bristled at that line of attack and said it hits particularly close to home given his own family’s tragedy.

    “I find it a very vile ad,” Bacon said Thursday. “Our family has had serious repercussions and consequences from breast cancer. I lost my sister when she was 39 years old, and I know that screening and earlier treatment could have saved her life.”

    His comments came during a press conference with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., who were in town to help rally support for Bacon.

    They praised Bacon, a retired brigadier general, for his military service and leadership skills. And they pushed back on the health care attacks.

    The Nebraska Democrats’ flier says that Planned Parenthood helps more than 5,000 Nebraska women a year receive cancer screenings and that Bacon’s position would “reverse decades of progress on women’s health care.”

    Bacon said his position is not about whether to provide health care but rather how. He suggested the same care being provided at Planned Parenthood locations could be delivered through community health care centers that do not also provide abortion services. He also criticized the health care law, saying it is causing insurance premiums to rise.

    Prominent Nebraska Republican women also have criticized the anti-Bacon ads and fliers.

    They said one flier indicated that Planned Parenthood provides mammograms when in fact it simply provides referrals for mammograms.

    Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., said in a statement that the suggestion Bacon doesn’t support cancer screenings is untrue and a “new low” for Democrats.

    “Don will be a champion for Nebraska families and will fight for women in Congress,” she said.

    Nebraska Democratic Party Chairman Vince Powers stood by the suggestion that Bacon’s position would ultimately cut cancer screenings.

    “If you gut the Affordable Care Act, isn’t that what happens?” Powers said.

    He said that Planned Parenthood provides important services to women and that the health care law, while it has problems, can’t simply be tossed away.

    “It should not be scrapped as Don Bacon wants to do, but it needs to be fixed,” Powers said.


  • Speaker Paul Ryan Campaigns in Omaha

  • GOP Poll Gives Challenger Late Edge in Rare GOP Pickup Opportunity

    Republican Don Bacon narrowly leads Nebraska Democrat Brad Ashford

    Posted Oct 26, 2016 3:47 PM

    Republican polling gives Nebraska’s Don Bacon a late advantage in his challenge to Democratic Rep. Brad Ashford in the state’s 2nd District.

    Republican polling shows the party’s chances improving in Nebraska’s 2nd District, one of the GOP’s three top opportunities to knock off a Democratic incumbent this year. 

    Retired Brig. Gen. Don Bacon led incumbent Democratic Rep. Brad Ashford 48 to 44 percent among registered voters in a North Star Opinion Research poll, shared first with Roll Call. The poll was conducted Oct. 22-24 for the Congressional Leadership Fund, the super PAC tied to House GOP leadership. The fund has invested $950,000 on TV and digital in the Omaha-based district. 

    Bacon trailed Ashford 41 to 47 percent in a North Star poll from late August. North Star attributed Bacon’s improving numbers to positive information voters are seeing about him on TV and negative ads they’re seeing about Ashford.

    This month’s poll also found voters preferred a generic Republican candidate to a Democrat by the same 48 to 44 percent margin.

    In the presidential race, Republican Donald Trump led Democratic rival Hillary Clinton 44 to 40 percent in the district, with 8 percent supporting Libertarian Gary Johnson and 2 percent backing the Green Party’s Jill Stein.

    Forty percent of the interviews were conducted by cell phone, and the poll had a margin of error of 4.9 percentage points.

    [Roll Call’s 2016 Election Guide: House]

    Ashford has been a top GOP target because he sits in a district that Mitt Romney carried by 7 points in 2012. He narrowly unseated Republican Rep. Lee Terry in 2014, a defeat that Republicans chalked up as a rejection of the gaffe-prone Terry more than an endorsement of Ashford.

    A onetime Republican and independent, Ashford has tried to distance himself from his current party since he’ll need split-ticket voters to help him win re-election. He’s one of just a handful of Democrats to earn the endorsement of pro-business groups like the Chamber of Commerce and the National Federation of Independent Business. 

    As one of two states (along with Maine) that split their electoral votes by congressional district, Nebraska’s 2nd District has also been a presidential target. Clinton’s coordinated campaign recently announced extra spending here — split with Maine’s 2nd District — to benefit down-ballot Democrats. And Trump’s running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, will speak at a rally in the district on Thursday. 

    An internal poll for Ashford’s campaign in late September gave him a 10-point edge over Bacon, 50 to 40 percent.

    The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report/Roll Call rates this seat as Tilts Democrat.

  • KETV Chronicle: Don Bacon

    In this Commitment 2016 special edition of KETV’s Chronicle, Don Bacon speaks to KETV’s Rob McCartney about his vision for representing Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District.

  • CCAGW PAC Endorses Gen. Don Bacon for Congress

    Thursday, October 13, 2016 – Today, the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste Political Action Committee (CCAGW PAC) announced its endorsement of General Don Bacon for election to the House of Representatives from Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District.

    General Bacon is challenging Rep. Brad Ashford (D-Neb.).  CCAGW PAC based its endorsement of Gen. Bacon on his answers to the CCAGW PAC 2016 Candidate Questionnaire, which were consistent with the organization’s principles and in harmony with CCAGW PAC’s support for fiscal restraint and opposition to costly government mandates and regulations.  The candidate questionnaire can be found online atwww.ccagwpac.org/questionnaire.  Rep. Ashford’s lifetime rating is only 32 percent.

    CCAGW PAC Chairman Tom Schatz said, “I urge Nebraskans to vote for Gen. Bacon on November 8 so that he may join the fight to restore accountability and fiscal discipline to the nation’s capital.”

    CCAGW PAC is affiliated with the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste, a 501(c)(4) organization.  CCAGW PAC’s mission is to support political candidates who will fight to eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse in government and represent the best interests of taxpayers.