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Rep. Jeff Fortenberry endorsed Carly Fiorina's bid for the Republican presidential nomination Thursday and will serve as a co-chair of her Nebraska campaign.

"Carly is clear, she is honest, and she is strong," Fortenberry said.

"With America facing economic malaise, political dysfunction and cultural challenges, I am confident that Carly will rebuild our economy, repurpose our government and renew America."

Joining the six-term Lincoln congressman as Nebraska co-chairs are Howard Hawks and Rhonda Hawks of Omaha.

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Howard Hawks, a University of Nebraska regent, is founder and chairman of Tenaska Inc. Rhonda Hawks is president of The Hawks Foundation.

"As the chief executive officer of a Fortune 50 company, Carly has set a path and made tough decisions in the face of opposition," Howard Hawks said. "Carly shares our vision of an America that leads from a position of strength, international reliability and prosperity."

Rhonda Hawks said Fiorina is the best choice for a nation that's "at a critical crossroads."

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Don Walton, a Husker and Yankee fan, is a longtime Journal Star political and government reporter.

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