Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., slammed his own party when asked what the party stands for.
"I don't know," Sasse said on Politico's "Off Message" podcast.
Democrats deserve criticism as well, he said. That party is "fighting 1960s battles," he said.
Both parties need new ideas, he said. "I think we should just start by admitting that the two political policies are intellectually exhausted… they don't have future-oriented ideas right now," Sasse said, according to Politico.
Homeland defense should be a top concern for both parties, he said. "We're completely unprepared for the pace of change that's coming as cyber disrupts warfare… We need to be looking at 2018 or 2020 for what comes next, because they are going to fuzzy up the distinction between military and civilian targets. We don't have any of the right mental frameworks for how to debate this yet."
He called on his fellow lawmakers to start telling the truth about the future of the economy. "Quit lying to the voters. Tell the truth about where we are in economic history, and admit that technology and ultimately automation that goes all the way to machine learning and artificial intelligence is going to accelerate economic change in the world," Sasse said on the Politico podcast.
The senator noted that he is not a supporter of President Donald Trump: "He and I obviously have a very different view of the world," Sasse said on the podcast.
The president comes from a "reality TV world," Sasse said during the podcast. "And I have lots of anxiety about whether or not that kind of world is really what we want for our kids," the senator added.
The senator has been critical of Trump before. On May 16, Sasse said that the idea that Trump would share information with the Russian foreign minister and ambassador was "just weird."
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