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Madison County values touted as representative of Nebraska, Midwestern values

November 3, 2018 GMT

The U.S. has reached a point as a nation where it needs to look at where it is headed and make the right decisions for the future, a Republican congressman told a group of supporters on Friday afternoon while in Norfolk.

U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry told about 40 supporters at the Norfolk Regional Airport that the 2018 general election Tuesday is about “results or resistance.”

“It’s about anger or solutions. It’s about conflict or community — this community, Norfolk, and the surrounding fields and the other wonderful communities of Madison County,” he said.

The communities of the region are representative of the values that characterize the entire Midwest, which include personal responsibility and a commitment to family life, Fortenberry said.

Fortenberry was one of several Republican elected officials who participated in a political rally Friday afternoon as part of a tour of the state. More stops are planned for Monday.

The U.S. needs what Nebraska has, Fortenberry said, and Nebraska in that way can be an example to the rest of the country. Across the nation, there is a lot of division, he said.

“Here is a place where we can work out difficulties in a reasonable manner because we have the continuity of community in place,” Fortenberry said.

Much of the rally in Norfolk centered on the greatness of Nebraska, including an emphasis on the state’s low unemployment rate and favorable business climate, as well as civility and family values.

Fortenberry said the next challenge after the election begins Wednesday morning. That’s when the country will be looking for solutions to get rid of some of the divisiveness that has occurred, he said.

State Sen. Jim Scheer of Norfolk, speaker of the Nebraska Legislature, said it is important for everyone to vote Tuesday.

Scheer, who was the first of the Republicans to speak at the rally, said that while it might be tempting in Northeast and North Central Nebraska to stay home because there is such a predominance of Republican voters in this corner of the state, voters should not be complacent.

In order to balance out other parts of the state, all residents of this area need to vote, Scheer said.

Before landing in Norfolk, the delegation was in Omaha. Other stops Friday were to include Columbus, Kearney and Scottsbluff.