Joni Ernst gets big endorsement in Iowa GOP Senate primary
May 18th, 2014
03:17 PM ET
4 months ago

Joni Ernst gets big endorsement in Iowa GOP Senate primary

(CNN) – Republican Senate hopeful Joni Ernst got a boost Sunday with the endorsement of The Des Moines Register in Iowa.

Ahead of the state's GOP primary on June 3, the newspaper's editorial board argued Ernst, a state senator, is a "smart, well-prepared candidate who can wrestle with the details of public policy from a conservative perspective without seeming inflexible."

Ernst is facing four opponents in the GOP primary. She has recently emerged as a top contender and made national headlines with unusual TV ads - one of which highlighted her hog-castrating skills while another showed her riding up to a gun range on a motorcycle.

"While she might come across in some ads as an Iowa version of Sarah Palin who rides a Harley and packs a gun in her purse, Ernst does not exhibit a Palinesque swagger in person," the editorial board writes.

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"She talks of driving a hybrid car and of the values of simplicity learned from her mother, teaching Sunday school in her family church and taking pride in being a mother and grandmother," the editorial continues. "Though Ernst could be the first woman to represent Iowa in Congress, she says she cares about the same things as men."

The winner of the primary will face Rep. Bruce Braley, the all-but-certain Democratic nominee.

Republicans consider Iowa a potential pick-up seat after Braley was criticized for dismissing longtime Iowa GOP Sen. Charles Grassley as "a farmer from Iowa who never went to law school."

Braley later apologized for the comments and noted that both of his parents "grew up on Iowa farms during the Great Depression."

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The victor in November's general election will replace longtime Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin.

CNN's Steve Brusk contributed to this report.


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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. nintex

    That picture should get all the gun nuts on board!

    May 18, 2014 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  2. Thomas

    Joni Ernst got a Gun , don't mess with Joni , she's BAD !

    "Sunday school in her family church and taking pride in being a mother and grandmother "

    It's time to teach preschoolers Gun Safety

    May 18, 2014 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  3. Tampa Tim

    Joni will not be happy until all 295 million insured Americans become uninsured.

    May 18, 2014 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  4. don in albuquerque

    Just what I want in a politician. All gun, and no brains.

    May 18, 2014 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  5. Thomas

    An Arizona rancher and Republican congressional candidate said during a primary debate Saturday that the vast majority of mass shootings in the United States are committed by Democrats.

    “If you look at all the fiascos that have occurred, 99 percent of them have been by Democrats pulling their guns out and shooting people,” Gary Kiehne.

    Joni Ernst / Gary Kiehne 2016

    Happiness is a Warm Gun !

    May 18, 2014 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  6. anthony78

    So she wants us UNINSURED and ARMED?

    May 18, 2014 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  7. The Elephant in the Room

    I just wonder are all you Palin-esque voters smart enough to hear that this Iowa endorsement is coming with disclaimers for all the rabid, red meat, non-intellectual aspects that the hog castraing [which definitely has anti-male undertones], biker chick with a gun pretender has tried to sell you?

    May 18, 2014 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  8. Marie MD

    A pig castrating something or other who likes guns. What a country!

    May 18, 2014 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  9. Len

    Yes Iowa, vote against your own self interest!!!!! Vote in all the nut jobs!

    May 18, 2014 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  10. Thomas

    Joni Ernst
    is mad about government spending and Obama Care . Joni is in the mood to pop some caps with her 9mm and be as bad ass as Shaft !

    Never under estimate a mother and grandmother with a gun and a few 30 round clips to get the party started .

    Brought to you by the Rick Perry center for deep thinking and the Sarah Palin home for unwed moose .

    May 18, 2014 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  11. king

    when will these repubs understand that this country need to move forward as one. we need to make sure that this country's next generation has what it takes to compete against china, our country don't need to abandoned our less fortunate and weakened our country. we need to do all we must to help our country become a formidable force, in education, healthcare, and business.

    May 19, 2014 02:45 am at 2:45 am |
  12. Paul Pot

    It's become more and more apparent, based on who Ernst's endorsements are coming from (Romney, Palin, Rubio), that Ernst is just another establishment neo-con RINO, like her opponent, Mark Jacobs.

    May 19, 2014 04:04 am at 4:04 am |
  13. Paul Pot

    It's become more and more apparent,

    May 19, 2014 04:10 am at 4:10 am |
  14. J.V.Hodgson

    If this gun toting shot at the head of the blog is designed to get my vote it did just the opposite.
    Thanks for showing your true colors, but bye to my vote.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    May 19, 2014 05:46 am at 5:46 am |
  15. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Sick,sick people waving guns around. Their spouses and significant others are the most at risk.

    May 19, 2014 06:24 am at 6:24 am |