Speaker Paul Ryan stops in Omaha to help Don Bacon campaign

Posted at 5:23 PM, Aug 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-17 18:23:18-04

Speaker Paul Ryan is in high demand among House Republican hopefuls.  This month the Wisconsin Congressman is touring 12 states campaigning for office. 

Congressman Brad Ashford just so happened to be running while his competitor Don Bacon was fueling up for the race.  On Wednesday, the incumbent Ashford and Republican challenger Bacon had an impromptu debate on the sidewalk of Midtown Crossing.

Ashford unintentionally crashed a fundraising event for Don Bacon.  House Speaker Paul Ryan stopped for about an hour in Omaha at Midtown Crossing to campaign for the Republican House candidate.  

“This is one of the most competitive districts in the nation,” said Bacon.

Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District seat held by Ashford is one of the top seats Republicans want to win back. 

“You have to work hard especially as a challenger.  You know you got to get through the district and shake as many hands as you can and share your story.  But I guess Speaker Ryan coming out here is evidence in itself that we are getting great support,” said Bacon.

The former Offutt Commander says Speaker Ryan brought in leaders and business executives from across the state.  It’s the boost his campaign needed. 

“When people know my background and leadership and what I stand for, we win by double digits.  So part of this is getting our story out, so Speaker Ryan is helping with that,” said Bacon.