Bart McLeay running for Johanns Senate seat

Nebraska Republican Senate candidate Bart McLeay says like everyone, he will listen to what President Obama has to say this evening regarding America's involvement in Syria . However, during a Scottsbluff visit Monday, McLeay told KNEB News he hasn't heard anything so far that would compel him to be in favor of any kind of action.

On immigration reform, McLeay is open to the idea of a pathway to earned legal residency, rather than citizenship, for illegal immigrants who have settled in the United States. McLeay said we need to develop an alternative that allows people to come out of the shadows and become productive. McLeay said he would consider all ideas, but is not against the idea of permanent residency for those who meet a set of criteria, as opposed to citizenship.

When discussing the Federal debt ceiling, McLeay says he would be okay with "a brief extension" of federal spending authority to avoid a government shutdown. However, McLeay believes it should be accompanied by a day of reckoning to deal with the debt crisis instead of continuing to kick the can down the road. He says as he listens to Nebraskans across the state, he senses they want a strong voice that communicates conservative principles.

McLeay, an Omaha attorney, is one of three Republican candidates currently vying for the Republican nomination for the Senate seat that will be vacated by Sen. Mike Johanns at the end of next year.

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