The Washington Times - October 22, 2013, 11:02AM

The Senate Conservatives Fund has endorsed Ben Sasse for the U.S. Senate in Nebraska’s crowded GOP primary contest.

Mr. Sasse, president of Fremont’s Midland University and an outspoken critic of President Obama’s health care law, is running to fill the seat that will be left open following the retirement of Sen. Mike Johanns, a Republican whose term ends next year.

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“Ben Sasse is a strong conservative with a proven record of solving difficult problems. He’s an expert on health care policy and will help repeal Obamacare and enact free-market health care policies that lower costs and increase quality,” said Matt Hoskins, executive director of the SCF. “There are other good candidates in this race, but Ben Sasse stands above the rest.”

Mr. Sasse is running against Omaha banker Sid Dinsdale, former state Treasurer Shane Osborn and Omaha lawyer Bart McLeay.

Mr. Sasse was seen as a bright Republican prospect and potential dark horse early on in the contest.

Mr. Sasse has never held elected office. He served as assistant secretary of health and human services under former President George W. Bush and has warned that Obamacare will have a devastating impact on Nebraska families and small businesses.