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  Shane Osborn ponders run for Senate in Nebraska
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Last EditedCOSDem  Aug 16, 2005 10:55am
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MediaNewspaper - Omaha World Herald
News DateTuesday, August 16, 2005 04:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionShane Osborn, the former Navy pilot who landed his crippled spy plane in China, said Monday that he is considering running for the U.S. Senate.

Osborn, 31, is talking to friends and others about whether to become the fourth Republican to enter the race.

"Public service has always been a big part of my life, but I need to weigh this and see if this is the right time for me," said Osborn, who retired from the Navy this year as a lieutenant.

Osborn, now an insurance broker for SilverStone Group in Omaha, said he will make a decision in a few weeks. As of now, he has neither formed a campaign committee nor begun raising funds.

Money is an issue, Osborn said. As a father of two, he said, one of his big decisions is whether he can afford a race.

"A lot of senatorial candidates are fairly well off, and I'm not," he said.

Three Republicans so far are competing for the GOP nomination to face Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson next fall: Omaha businessman Pete Ricketts, former Nebraska Attorney General Don Stenberg and Omaha lawyer David Kramer.
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