Omaha, NE—Ben Sasse admits he was more than a little concerned.
In one of his first interviews following last Friday night’s n-word firestorm, Sasse tells KLIN radio he “was tossing and turning…worried about it.”
All this started when Nebraska’s first term Republican Senator was being interviewed by HBO late-night host Bill Maher who dropped the racial slur, only to find Sasse going silent.
The next day Sasse tweeted, “Me just cringing wasn’t good enough.”
No argument from the Nebraska Democratic Party.
Chairwoman Jane Kleeb tells News Channel Nebraska, “We are happy to host Sen. Sasse with black leaders to discuss why it’s critical leaders stand up to racism in every moment and situation…it’s these every day moments leaders are judged.”
Sasse says he wishes he’d been “quicker in the moment” and challenged Maher.
Many, according to Sasse even some family members, have wondered why a conservative likely to get ripped by the ultra-liberal Maher went on the show in the first place.
“I’m just not interested in preaching to the choir,” Sasse told KLIN’s Jack Mitchell. “Young people, they’re not watching C-SPAN.”
Sasse did not say if he’d ever go on Maher’s show again.