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SENATE RACE: Braley Ready For Ernst Attacks

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State senator Joni Ernst won a five-way primary with more than 56-percent of the vote.

She fought off Mark Jacobs who spent $3-million of his money during the race. She will be facing the same money disadvantage in the general election.

Her opponent Congressman Bruce Braley didn't have a primary challenge and has more than $2-million on hand.

He released his first general election campaign ad Wednesday.

Joni Ernst, the self-described small town Republican farm girl laid out the argument to Iowans about her democratic former trial lawyer opponent during her acceptance speech.

“Some might even attack me because I don't have a law degree," Ernst said.

Braley, the lawyer, was ready for her attack, with an opening argument of his own.

“I worked on farms. I've worked with farmers and on behalf of farmers. In Washington, I’ve been their champion on protecting the renewable fuels standard which Senator Ernst said she was opposed to on principle. I was their champion on a five year farm bill which she said she would have voted against," Braley told Channel 13 during a taping of The Insiders.

Braley knows he's also battling history. If Ernst beats him, she'd finally give the state its first female in the male-dominated Congress.

“State Senator Ernst has a record of serving in the Iowa Senate. I have a record of serving in Congress and I’m going to be talking to Iowa voters about my record of success," Braley said.

For the next six months, they'll both talk about their records and Iowans decide which one has success in November.

You can see more of the interview on Sunday from 9:30 a.m. on The Insiders.


  • John

    “I worked on farms. I’ve worked with farmers and on behalf of farmers. In Washington, I’ve been their champion on protecting the renewable fuels standard. What a joke he is a career politician who thinks farmers are not smart enought to be in congress (per his own word from the Texas video). He can spin this anyway he wants but he knows that single video may be the only bullet Ernst needs in her gun. Besides a surprising unified base that I am sure Bruce did not expect.

  • Brian

    I am angry with the DNC for not producing a candidate who is electable to run against Ernst. If Bruce Braley is elected, it will prove that most voters are hoplessy partisan and have absolutely no understanding or care of who they are electing into office.

    Any man who says what Braley said about his constituents during his fundraising efforts to lawyer groups in Texas, should never, under any circumstances, be a representative for those people.

  • Right Wing Patriot

    Braley is worried. He is up agianst a person with a sqeaky clean record and is a decorated military leader. He does have the upper hand in cash, but if Ernst can get out of the gate with momentum, the money will come in truck loads. She is going to be formitable candidate and he knows it. Any one who dismisses her will be shocked at her steadfastness.

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