Independent Candidate Runs Faith First Campaign


Given the gridlock and abysmal approval ratings of Congress, not one but two independents seek a spot on the November ballot for U.S. Senate in Nebraska.

Todd Watson is a Lincoln small businessman. He speaks out about the overreach of the federal government, and says religious liberty is in jeopardy. He relies on volunteers to help his campaign, including fellow members of his church, which he describes as a non-denominational Christian church.

While he may appear to share many views with Ben Sasse, Watson says the two party system is broken.

He points to health care as an example of why he left the Republican party.

"Neither side has a good option," he said. "We have 12-13 percent inflation, mainly due to special interest protection laws, they donated to Republican Party, they're in this campaign, they protect the price of drugs, protect competition of hospitals, so you can be with Republicans, they're going to protect special interest contributors. At the same time ObamaCare is a disaster."

Watson needs 4,000 signatures to get on the ballot, something party-affiliated candidates don't have to do.

That's not the only challenge he's found. He said candidate forums, media organizations, and civic groups have excluded him.

He said, "It's an uphill battle being independent, mainly from an organizational structure around the state. Those are established, that's the biggest problem, not the money. We've been getting out meeting a lot of people."

He joins Sandhills rancher and businessman Jim Jenkins, both hope to be on the November ballot along with Ben Sasse and Dave Domina.