Five Republicans took center stage in Bettendorf Monday to convince voters they’re the right candidate to face off against Democrat Bruce Braley in the fall.
The candidates are vying for the seat vacated by longtime Democratic senator Tom Harkin.
Matt Whitaker, Sam Clovis, Scott Schaben, Mark Jacobs, and Joni Ernst debated.
Ernst touched on her campaign ads, which have gained national attention, “A little tongue in cheek, but it is a serious message. We have really got to get our federal spending under control, and that’s what we’re taking a little bit of a poke at.”
“I’ve learned how to get things done, working with people who have different points of view, and I think that’s what’s missing in Washington today,” said Mark Jacobs.
Matt Whitaker brought up the Democrat opposition, “This race is about who can stand toe to toe with liberal Bruce Braley and bring conservative solutions.”
“It’s more than just the Senate seat. This race right here determines the future of the Republican Party,” said Scott Schaben.
“I think Iowans deserve an opportunity to have somebody in there that’s gonna fight for them,” said Sam Clovis.
Another debate focusing on health care is scheduled for Tuesday in Des Moines. The Health Underwriters Association will host it.
The Primary Election is June 3rd.