Mitt Romney returning to Iowa...to campaign for Joni Ernst
May 22nd, 2014
11:54 AM ET
3 months ago

Mitt Romney returning to Iowa...to campaign for Joni Ernst

(CNN) - Mitt Romney is returning to Iowa next Friday for the first time since barely losing the state's GOP presidential caucuses in 2012.

The former GOP nominee will campaign for Republican Senate hopeful Joni Ernst in Cedar Rapids and Davenport, her campaign announced Thursday.

Ernst has emerged as a high-profile candidate in recent months. She's considered a potential threat against the all-but-certain Democratic nominee, Rep. Bruce Braley, if she wins her party's nomination on June 3.

Republicans view Iowa as a potential pick-up seat in their quest to retake the Senate.

"Joni’s proven record in the state Senate, her decades of leadership as a military officer, and her commitment to the values that were passed on to her as a girl on a Montgomery County farm make it clear to me that she is the very best Iowa has to offer," Romney said in a statement distributed by Ernst’s campaign.

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His support follows another big boost for her as the Des Moines Register endorsed Ernst for the primary.

Romney's endorsement also puts him on the same page as former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who's known for picking conservative candidates. Palin announced her support for Ernst in March.

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Ernst has made 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.

Romney's trip to Iowa, which holds the first nominating contest in presidential elections, will likely fuel speculation that the former Massachusetts governors is thinking about another run himself.

Romney, however, has repeatedly said he would not throw his hat in the ring for a third time.

The winner of the Iowa race in November will replace retiring Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin.

CNN's Peter Hamby contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2014 • Bruce Braley • Congress • Iowa • Joni Ernst • Senate
soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. Anthony

    Romney is relieved that Joni Ernst does not aim at Romneycare in her ad, but only at a national version of Romneycare.

    May 22, 2014 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  2. Thomas

    Romney's endorsement also puts him on the same page as former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who's known for picking conservative candidates. Palin announced her support for Ernst in March.

    "Joni’s got a gun and she's going after Obama Care and his Environmental policy with the fervor of a Mother wolverine !.

    May 22, 2014 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  3. S.B. Stein

    It is really weird that Romney and Palin are on the same page for anything. One seems to stick the foot in the mouth and the other doesn't have the facts straight... Wait, that could be either one.

    May 22, 2014 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  4. Gurgyl

    -–no fool will ever vote for any republican nonsense of second century. Sorry but true.

    May 22, 2014 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  5. tom l

    Snffit says this early yesterday:

    Aaaaw, how cute, parroting Rush Limbaugh's demagoguery already. Would you like to type out the whole transcript from today's show for us instead of just the return of the death panels rhetoric?

    Sniffit said this later yesterday:

    And we're supposed to believe this silly GOP establishment v. Teatroll narrative...and that the establishment is "winning" and thereby somehow moderating the party's radicalized, extremist nonsense? What a farce. GA is having a runoff between Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) and a guy who claims that there's a secret plot by the gay community to sodomize all your children and says that Muslims should not have First Amendment rights. Yeah...the party and its base are oh so interested in moderating their views and moving away from the Teatroll extremism. Yawn.
    ======

    Pulled directly from Mother Jones. So demagogue just one part rather than posting the whole article??

    Hahahahahahahaha

    Oh, and Paul Broun didn't win and wasn't running for that seat; he lost in his bid for senate. You can't even copy the Mother Jones article properly.

    The question is...how does Sniffit/Rudy spin this one?

    May 22, 2014 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  6. Al-NY,NY

    the two-ton anchor lands in Iowa. Why would anyone want this guy around??

    May 22, 2014 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  7. Silence DoGood

    "Ernst has made 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."
    ------------
    Between images like this to look up to, more guns in schools and less science, I am glad wacky conservatives have a plan laid out to make the next generation world-class engineers and scientists. Maybe if we beg, the Japanese can send us some robots to repair our stone tools and mud huts.

    May 22, 2014 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    When is this man going to learn he's better off keeping his mouth shut? Every time he opens it, he proves that George W. Bush is a lot smarter than he is. One good thing, though, at least he doesn't talk as much as Cheney.

    May 22, 2014 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  9. Tommy G

    This country ROYALLY screwed up when it believed the lies of Obama and the Democrats and failed to elect this highly competent and qualified man to sit in the White House. Let this be a lesson to you America! Novelty and "firsts" come at a high price to this country, its economy and your healthcare.

    May 22, 2014 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  10. Time To Move On

    Good grief is Romney the leader of the republican party?

    May 22, 2014 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    Be on alert, folks, and don't be fooled. Republicans are trying to re-brand themselves by enlisting Mitt Romney to shake their own "Etch A Sketch." We all know that the Republican agenda hasn't changed for decades, and that they place a premium on messaging. It's always has been, and always will be all about the messaging for the Republicans. They also engage in some rather long term strategies, BTW.

    Mitt Romney is being used as the voice of reason by the establishment. Romney will likely never run for office again, so what difference does it make if he begins stating more moderate positions than what we have heard from them in the past?

    It makes a lot of difference because Romney's not an elected official, and the Republicans that do hold elected offices have suddenly vanished from the evening news sound bite stage. They've been replaced by folks who will never run for elected office again. What difference does it make to the base if they say things that the base doesn't like?

    The base will be proud that their guy/gal doesn't believe in that sort of talk, while moderates may be persuaded to believe that Republicans have moderated and divested themselves of the Tea Party. Case in point, just look at the headlines and talking points coming from the Republicans during this primary season..

    Don't be fooled by any of it, folks. Their voting records in the House and the Senate is all that really matters, and we all know that after 50 votes to repeal the ACA that they will never change what the vote for and vote against.

    May 22, 2014 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    "Pulled directly from Mother Jones. So demagogue just one part rather than posting the whole article?? "

    First, no, I read about it somewhere else as I don't frequent Mother Jones. Second, reading an article and then citing to the FACTS that it provided me is not even close to the same as someone regurgitating a factless talking point that was nothing but a creative (and inaccurate) analogy. Do you not understand the difference between "here is a fact for you to consider!!!" versus "here is some factless rhetorical garbage!!!"??? Why do you insist on trying to play "gotcha" with things that aren't at all similar to one another? Are you incapable of the nuance or just dishonest?

    May 22, 2014 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Tommy G

    This country ROYALLY screwed up when it believed the lies of Obama and the Democrats and failed to elect this highly competent and qualified man to sit in the White House.
    ------------------------------------
    Actually, Mitt Romney "ROYALLY screwed up" when visited London in 2012, and made a laughingstock of himself. Mitt Romney laid to rest any uncertainties as to what his skill set was. Mitt Romney is a salesman, not a statesman.

    May 22, 2014 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    "Oh, and Paul Broun didn't win and wasn't running for that seat; he lost in his bid for senate. You can't even copy the Mother Jones article properly. "

    First, the runoff is not for the Senate seat...it is for Broun's House seat. Second, Jody Hice, who has been running on those things (i.e., gay plot to sodomize all children and Muslims shouldn't have 1st Amendment rights) is absolutely in a runoff to replace Broun in his House seat. I went back and checked the article I referenced and it was worded in a way that could be interpreted as Broun still running for his House seat in the runoff as well, but that's admittedly wrong. Regardless of that minor mistake, the point still stands: the GOP/Teatrolls are still trying to elect completely insane, radicalized, extremist imbeciles and the "establishment v. Teatroll" narrative is false.

    May 22, 2014 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  15. Tommy G

    Rudy NYC
    Tommy G
    This country ROYALLY screwed up when it believed the lies of Obama and the Democrats and failed to elect this highly competent and qualified man to sit in the White House.
    ------------
    Actually, Mitt Romney "ROYALLY screwed up" when visited London in 2012, and made a laughingstock of himself. Mitt Romney laid to rest any uncertainties as to what his skill set was. Mitt Romney is a salesman, not a statesman.
    --

    Quite dishonest of you. Romney was asked a question and gave an honest answer, based on his experience of organizing olympic events. It was the very same opnion being expressed by many others as well. The corrupt leftist media in England and this country spun it into something else. Nothing new, just more deceit from the left to cover for their candidates four years of failure.

    May 22, 2014 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  16. CommonSense

    Really??? The republican party lost and allowing a 2 time Presidential Candidate loser lead!!!! Same old party and same old no action.....it's funny how you expect a change using the same olde folks, keep it up though...."Clinton 2016"

    May 22, 2014 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  17. CryBabies

    Rudy NYC....And what would you classify President Obama as? Certainly not a Statesman(?). But he did, yes he did, sell us Obamacare . So............. perhaps the " Salesman in Chief" Please, work with me since you opened the door.

    May 22, 2014 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  18. if you ain't right, you ain't right

    Sure to be a rootin tootin, shootin good time!

    May 22, 2014 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  19. just asking

    if only obama possessed the experience and competence that romney has in his pinkie finger, we'd be better off. too bad the country got lied to and manipulated into voting for obama instead of a truly qualified person. i'm sure the democrat lie and smear machine is gearing up once again to con the american people once more. remember the obamacare lies people!! don't fall for the same lies again.

    May 22, 2014 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  20. if you ain't right, you ain't right

    Highly competent, lmao, really, didn't the CEO of Jeep feel compelled to buy airtime to personally call his ads false, try to keep up Tommy. And just because a man is capable of looting the workers out of their 401 k accounts, doesn't make him qualified for the oval office, are you sure you understand how this works?

    May 22, 2014 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  21. if you ain't right, you ain't right

    Interesting how some idolize the man for successfully stealing the retirement accounts of workers at the company bain bought, yup, they saved their jobs, just long enough to load the company with debt and steal the 401k from its workers. That's obviously very detrimental to America, yet they want him in charge. He said he would cut the top tax rate to 1.8%, to be made up closing loopholes, that word was used because its commonly associated with big business, when in reality, he was going to cut every major deduction the working class.gets, your mortgage interest, employer healthcare contribution, and tax your 401k. That's why when he was continually asked which loopholes, he refused to give an answer. A vote for gop is a vote to end social security, and Medicaid, period, they told you that's their goal, so you were warned by them, don't be fooled.

    May 22, 2014 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  22. if you ain't right, you ain't right

    Let me get this straight: the Democrats have corrupted great Britains media, hey I've got some ocean front property in central Iowa, you interested?

    May 22, 2014 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  23. Gunderson

    Ouch!,
    Joni Ernst get elected make you sing soprano from baritone no? She know how cut pork maybe find work for you on hog farm!

    May 22, 2014 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  24. Al-NY,NY

    Tommy G
    Rudy NYC
    Tommy G
    This country ROYALLY screwed up when it believed the lies of Obama and the Democrats and failed to elect this highly competent and qualified man to sit in the White House.
    ----
    Actually, Mitt Romney "ROYALLY screwed up" when visited London in 2012, and made a laughingstock of himself. Mitt Romney laid to rest any uncertainties as to what his skill set was. Mitt Romney is a salesman, not a statesman.
    -

    Quite dishonest of you. Romney was asked a question and gave an honest answer, based on his experience of organizing olympic events. It was the very same opnion being expressed by many others as well. The corrupt leftist media in England and this country spun it into something else. Nothing new, just more deceit from the left to cover for their candidates four years of failure.
    -----------–

    Quite dishonest of you. Hillary was asked a question and gave an honest answer. The corrupt right wing media on talk radio and Fake News spun it into something else. Nothing new, just more deceit from the right to cover for their failures

    Sound familiar TommyG???

    May 22, 2014 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  25. if you ain't right, you ain't right

    Don't be fooled again, right: don't believe all the real life success stories: believe the Koch brothers, you guys are priceless, lmao.

    May 22, 2014 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
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