Iowa Republican U.S. Senate candidates chose not to rip on each other during their first live televised statewide at Iowa Public Television in Johnston. The five saved most of their criticism for their eventual Democratic challenger, Congressman Bruce Braley, and President Barack Obama.
The candidates largely agreed with each other on the issues. They did disagree on term limits. Car salesman Scott Schaben of Ames and retired energy executive Mark Jacobs both said the opposed term limits. Former U.S. Attorney Matt Whitaker of Clive, economics professor Sam Clovis of Hinton and State Senator Joni Erst of Red Oak all pledged to serve just two terms if elected to the senate.
Republican U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley is serving his sixth term.