CLIVE, Iowa--Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst made history again Tuesday night when she delivered the rebuttal to the State of the Union Address.
“I`d like to have a conversation about the new Republican Congress you just elected, and how we plan to make Washington focus on your concerns again. We heard the message you sent in November loud and clear and now we`re getting to work to change the direction Washington has been taking our country,” said Sen. Ernst.
Ernst wasted no time talking about what Republicans have dubbed a failed health care system under President Obama.
She also spoke about taking down trade barriers in Europe and the Pacific so Americans can sell more of the goods made on our own soil.
She says that will lead to more jobs and higher wages.
The Republican Party of Polk County met to watch Sen. Ernst’s rebuttal Tuesday evening.
Those in attendance say Ernst is bringing new life to the Republican Party.
“I like the fact that she’s getting the national spotlight and able to give the whole message out to the whole nation. She talks about the opportunities we will have as a republican and as a woman is very endearing,” says Polk County Republican Party Co-Chair Sherill Whisenand.
The Polk County Republican Chair agreed saying, “It was very exciting. Sen. Ernst was able to give a really positive message about the Republican’s agenda in Washington D.C. and how we’re changing the course of the country and sending things in the right direction,” says Will Rogers.
Ernst also spoke about her childhood and growing up in Red Oak as well as her time spent serving in the Iowa National Guard.