Doane students sat down with Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer of Nebraska today and talk about politics and the current political situation.

She is most hopeful for the incoming administration, because every inauguration offers a chance for a new beginning.

She attended Obama's reelection in 2012 and commented on how Obama brought hope to the country.

"Let's talk about the issues," said Sen. Fischer.

She wants to focus on fixing the country instead of focusing on personal attacks about different policy viewpoints.

When asked about Donald Trump's comments about women, she said that she was disgusted, but she stressed that she always was in support of the Republican ticket.

When asked about the Democrats boycotting the inauguration, Fischer said that it's happened before, but she’s disappointed.

“Even though I am not a Democrat, I still attended Obama's second Inauguration,” she said.

Congressman Adrian Smith shared a lot of the same feelings as Sen. Fischer. 

Students asked Smith about the current political climate and his thoughts on the polarization the country is facing today.

He says we dwell on the negative a little too much and shouldn't bury our heads in the sand when discussing the issues

"I'm disappointed in members boycotting the Inauguration," he said.  

Smith says that the country doesn't have to agree on everything, but be open to ideas and discussion.

When talking about the issues, Smith has a teaching degree, so education comes very personal to him.

He thinks there is not enough concern for the students in D.C. and would like Congress to rally around them instead of other interest groups.

Smith expressed support of Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos.

"She is someone who deeply cares about education and education children."

He's excited to work with her on issues the country is facing in regards to education.


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