Sid Dinsdale, who is seeking the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, visited Nebraska City Tuesday saying growing the economy and shrinking federal government are cornerstones of his campaign.
"We don't have a revenue problem. We have a spending problem," said Dinsdale, who was chairman of the board at the family-owned Pinnacle Bank in Omaha before announcing his bid for the senate on Sept. 16.
"We need to cut taxes. People are sick of watching the federal government spend beyond its means," he said.
A native of Palmer, Neb., Dinsdale said he is the only Republican candidate with an agricultural background, which includes an rural upbringing with work in a feedlot and hayfield, cutting silage and walking beans.
He said he is also the only Republican candidate who has expressed support for congressional term limits.
"No more than 12 years, that's my pledge," he said. "I want to go to Congress not owing anyone and making the right decisions. I'm not looking for a long, political career."
Dinsdale said he understands skepticism among Nebraskans regarding the federal government, but said there are only a few tough decisions for America to make so that it can surge forward.
For example, he said, with the right leadership America could achieve energy independence.
He compared it to President John F. Kennedy's call for a moon landing and President Ronald Reagan's call to tear down the Berlin Wall.
"With the right leadership we could achievement energy independence almost by default," he said.
His campaign platform also calls for reduced government regulation, lower taxes, repealing ObamaCare and protecting national borders.
Dinsdale described himself as a conservative, pro-life Republican.
He has served on the board of directors of the University of Nebraska Foundation, the Methodist Hospital Foundation and Ameritas Life.
He also served on the boards of Children's Hospital, Bellevue University, Elkhorn School Foundation and the Boy Scouts.