Sen. Ernst’s Bread Bags Story Captures Raygun’s Imagination

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DES MOINES, Iowa — During the Republican response to the President’s State of the Union Address Tuesday, Sen. Ernst shared a story with the nation that we’ve heard plenty of times in Iowa.

“We were raised to live simply and not to waste. Rows and rows of young Iowans with bread bags slipped over their feet,” Sen. Ernst said as part of a 10 minute response.

Now that story is being immortalized on a t-shirt.

Raygun in Des Moines introduced their first Joni Ernst inspired shirt, Wednesday.

It reads, “Iowa! You say bread aisle, we say shoe store!”


  • John Smith

    GREAT shirt! Coincidentally, I rather imagine that the Senator’s store was also “Reaganesque”, in a similar fashion to President Reagan’s famous whopper about “welfare queens” and food stamps.

    • Ben

      Really? Great shirt? Even with that kool aid filled liberal blood running through your veins you can’t honestly say this is a great shirt.

      • John Smith

        Why, yes, BEN, yes I can. It is a GREAT shirt.

        See? Easy. A lot easier to do without a Koch down your throat, I suppose…

  • Patti

    All the Republicans will be saying they wore bread bags over their shoes just so Joni won’t look so stupid.

  • Jess

    As an Iowan growing up in a large, poor family, I certainly wore bread bags over my shoes when in need of overshoes that my parents could not afford. I know this sounds absurd to the young people of today, but necessity is the mother of invention and when I was growing up in the 50s and 60s, we had to be very inventive sometimes. Joni Ernst understands frugality and taking care of what is good, and she knows what it is to work hard for something and earn it. Thank you, Senator Ernst, for understanding hardworking Iowans. You are one of us.

    • John Smith

      Yes, but Senator Ernst didn’t “grow up in the 50s and 60s”, did she? More like the 70s and 80s, I should think. So, I kinda doubt her school bus was full of kids with bread bags on their shoes, not in Red Oak or any where else.

      • Rebecca Hergert

        Yeah! I said something to my husband about this & he is getting caught-up on his reading.
        He thinks this is B.S.

    • PW

      I’ve lost count how many times I’ve heard her tell this story. I think we all got the point she didn’t like wearing her bread bags. We’ve heard her loud and clear. We will expect to have her support in eliminating our homeless and those who do not have enough to eat!

  • Joe

    Why would anyone every buy this shirt. If you want to bash republicans this example is pretty far down the list. Plus with Raygun making the shirt the screen printing will wear off the shirt in less than a week so you won’t see it long anyways.

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