Tea Party Senate candidate: Move the U.S. Capitol to Nebraska!

In a tongue-in-cheek campaign ad, former Bush official Ben Sasse has a modest proposal for thwarting lobbyists

Published January 6, 2014 6:44PM (EST)

Ben Sasse       (AP/Nati Harnik)
Ben Sasse (AP/Nati Harnik)

What's the best way to fix what ails the Capitol? Ben Sasse, a Tea Party-backed candidate for Nebraska's open Senate seat, has got an idea: Move it to Nebraska!

In a new television ad, Sasse, a former official of the Health and Human Services Department during the presidency of George W. Bush, argues that Washington, D.C., overrun with lobbyists and other special interests, is beyond saving. Better to move the nation's Capitol to Nebraska, he says, "So Congress can experience family, conservative values and living within a budget."

In a telephone interview with the conservative Washington Times, Sasse claimed that "Nebraska work-a-day folks think that we’re on the precipice of national decline and they don’t think Washington gets it at all."

Watch Sasse's ad below, via YouTube:

By Elias Isquith

Elias Isquith is a former Salon staff writer.

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