Kerrey appearance rescheduled for Friday afternoon

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Democrat Bob Kerrey is receiving an endorsement from former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel today, a potential boost in his effort to pull ahead in Nebraska's tight race for an open Senate seat. Republicans supporting GOP hopeful Deb Fischer scoffed and suggested Hagel was sniffing around for a cabinet seat in the Obama administration.

Kerrey was planning to appear at EL Charrito's restaurant in Scottsbluff this afternoon, but has now rescheduled that for 2:15 Friday afternoon. Fisher will be at Western Nebraska Regional Airport Friday at 4:30.

Republican Sen. Mike Johanns, a personal friend of Hagel's, says the endorsement is part of Hagel's effort to get a cabinet position in the Obama administration. Kerrey and Hagel served together for four years before Kerrey left Washington in 2001

The pairing could bolster Kerrey's argument that he would cross party lines if elected, and possibly swing undecided voters who are starting to pay attention in the race's final week. Speaking at a state party gathering Thursday in Lincoln, Fischer said the Hagel endorsement wouldn't swing enough votes for Kerrey. The Valentine rancher pointed to her endorsements from major Republican figures in the state: Gov. Dave Heineman, Johanns, Nebraska's three GOP congressmen, and former governors Kay Orr and Charlie Thone.

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