Nebraska governor speaks at CPAC, invites NRA to state

Published: Feb. 24, 2018 at 4:49 PM EST
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Governor Pete Ricketts (R-NE) is inviting the National Rifle Association to hold a convention in Nebraska.

Ricketts made the announcement Friday on social media.

Following his appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Ricketts said, “I think Nebraska is a perfect place for the NRA convention.”

Nebraska Democratic Party chair, Jane Kleeb, ripped Ricketts for making the offer. In a statement, she said, in part, “…instead of standing with our families, he [Ricketts] openly courts the NRA’s corporate lobbyists to hold a convention in Nebraska.”

When asked to respond to Kleeb's comments, Ricketts said, “I don’t get too worried about what other people think. I know Nebraskans really value their constitutional rights, their second amendment rights.”

On stage, Ricketts spoke about his effort to prevent federal money from reaching organizations that provide abortions, and explained how his support for the death penalty does not run counter his pro-life agenda.

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