Nebraska Sen. Kerrey to announce future plans soon
By Bob Franken/CNN
January 18, 2000
Web posted at: 3:18 p.m. EST (2018 GMT)
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Nebraska Democratic Sen. Bob Kerrey could decide by the end of this week whether he will stay in the Senate or take a job as a university president.
Sources say that Kerrey, first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1988, has received several job offers, including offers from New York University and the New School University in New York.
Sen. Bob Kerrey
Kerrey is one of three senators, including New York Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Minnesota Sen. Paul Wellstone, to endorse former New Jersey Sen. Bill Bradley for president. Kerrey, himself a 1992 Democratic presidential candidate, has clashed repeatedly with the Clinton Administration over Social Security and Medicare overhaul proposals.
But on the whole, Kerrey has been an administration stalwart, voting with the president 91 percent of the time last year. Kerrey currently serves on the Senate Agriculture and Finance Committees, as well as the Select Committee on Intelligence.
Democratic leaders make it clear they would consider the loss of Kerrey a
major blow to their efforts to make gains in the Senate. Nebraska has tended toward Republicans in recent years.
Democratic leadership sources say they have not been notified by Kerrey
that he has made a decision. Nor has Nebraska Republican Senator Chuck Hagel, according to a spokesman. Hagel and Kerrey are very close friends.
The filing date for Nebraska incumbents is February 15. Kerrey, who ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1992, won re-election in 1994 with 55 percent of the vote.