Osborn Says Military, State Treasurer Experience Set Him Apart from Other GOP Candidates

NORFOLK - Norfolk native and and U.S. Senate hopeful Shane Osborn was among the standing-room-only crowd at Thursday’s Heroes’ Park dedicaton.  The Navy veteran can be described as a hero himself.  On April 1st, 2001, the EP-3E reconnaissance plane Osborn was piloting collided with a Chinese fighter in international airspace off the coast of China.  Osborn saved the lives of 23 crewmembers when he landed the wounded aircraft on a Chinese island, where he and the crew were detained for 11 days.  The former state treasurer says there are several things that set him apart from his GOP Senate challengers, including his nine years in the Navy where he says he put the nation's interests ahead of his own and his time as the State Treasurer where he says he kept his promises by cutting his staff and cutting the state's budget.  Osborn is running against three others in the Republican primary for U-S Senate: Midland University President Ben Sasse, Omaha attorney Bart McLeay and Omaha businessman Sid Dinsdale.