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Like Mr. Cruz, Mr. Sasse is staunchly conservative. You don’t have to take his word for it. His three years at the helm of Midland University have been devoted to scrapping tenured professorships and instilling an ethos of strict accountability. Not only for professors, but also students and even the university itself. As a result, enrollment has nearly doubled and the college is looking to expand to a second campus.

Another hitch is that Ben Sasse has spent enough time in Washington to know he would much rather be in Nebraska.

But he has something else going for him. He’s got a wonderfully grounded wife and three beautiful children to whom he is entirely devoted. And Mr. Sasse is smart enough to know that if his children are going to grow up in a free, robust and truly promising America, then there are a lot of things that need to be fixed here in Washington, not Nebraska.

Charles Hurt can be reached at or on Twitter @charleshurt.