Reid role eyed

In Nebraska, where Democrat Bob Kerrey is trailing in his effort to return to the U.S. Senate, Nevada’s Harry Reid and whether he recruited Kerrey for the race is something of an issue.

“I’m not sure I can close the gap,” Kerry told a newspaper reporter. “What I’ve got to do is finish the campaign saying I’ve told Nebraskans what I think needs to be done, and most importantly for me, I’ve got to make an effort to conquer a perception that I’m doing this because [Senate Democratic leader] Harry Reid talked me into running. I love Harry. He could talk me into lots of things, but not into leaving private life and becoming a candidate.”

Kerrey served as governor of Nebraska, then in the U.S. Senate. He retired and became a college president in New York before returning to Nebraska for this Senate race.