U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer used one of her first public speaking engagements in Nebraska since being elected to spell out some of her stances on hot-button issues during the Lincoln/Reagan Dinner hosted by Adams County Republicans Tuesday night at Hastings' Hotel and Convention Center.
The event included short speeches given by state Sens. Les Seiler of Hastings and Charlie Janssen of Fremont. Janssen announced this week that he plans to run for governor in 2014.
Drawing from her brief stint in Washington, the rookie senator devoted the majority of her 35-minute speech taking sides on some of the more the pressing issues facing the nation today. Tackling topics ranging from the economy to military strategies abroad, her message called for change to the status quo of gridlock that has largely paralyzed meaningful interaction in the Senate in recent months.
Having recently embarked on an informational trip abroad with four other senators that included stops in Israel and Afghanistan, Fischer said the highlight of the trip was visiting with Nebraska troops stationed in some of the more volatile regions in Afghanistan.