|United States Senator
January 3, 2001 â€“ January 3, 2013
|Preceded by||Bob Kerrey|
|Succeeded by||Deb Fischer|
|37th Governor of Nebraska|
January 9, 1991 â€“ January 7, 1999
|Preceded by||Kay Orr|
|Succeeded by||Mike Johanns|
|Born||Earl Benjamin Nelson
May 17, 1941
McCook, Nebraska, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Nebraska, Lincoln|
When it comes to making decisions, I will come down on the side of Nebraska every time. If I have to choose between the White House and the farmhouse, I choose the farmhouse.
A democratic and stable Iraq and Afghanistan are essential to our broader efforts to make no place safe for terrorists and to win the War on Terrorism.
What does it mean to be an American? While each of us may have our own specific answer to that question, we likely can agree on the basic principles of America: freedom, equal opportunity, and rights accompanied by responsibilities.
We cannot erase what has been done. We can apologize for it. We can express our outrage. We can say to the American people and to the people of the world, this is not our way and we do not condone it, but we cannot change it and we cannot erase it.
Amending the U.S. Constitution, the document most sacred to those who love freedom and liberty, is a delicate endeavor and should be done only on the basis of the most clear and convincing evidence that a proposed amendment is necessary.
For many Americans, including many who are employed, going to the doctor when they fall ill or become injured may not be an option because of the absence of health insurance.
We can take full comfort in realizing the continuing strength of our nation. America's lands remain radiantly rich with diversity, and freedom still reigns.
I certainly want campaign finance reform. I just wish this would do it in a way that would stand up to a constitutional challenge.
The security of our nation depends on the men and women who are willing to sacrifice their safety, and possibly their lives, to protect the freedoms the rest of us enjoy.
I look at ANWR (Artic National Wildlife Refuge) as a poison pill in the energy bill.
Let me be clear. I support the definition of marriage as a union between a man and a woman.