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Joni Ernst: 'No Second Thoughts' on Turning Down Editorial Board

By    |   Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 01:29 PM

Iowa Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst said she has "no second thoughts" about her recent decision not to meet with the editorial board of the Des Moines Register.

Ernst told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" she turned down the newspaper's offer to meet with them because "they made it very clear in a number of editorials that they would not be supporting my candidacy."

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"No second thoughts. We've met with a number of other editorial boards. I'm getting tough questions every day on the road, and I feel very good about where we are," Ernst said Thursday.

Ernst said she thought a better use of her time was to be "on the road visiting with Iowans" as she crisscrossed the state, visiting all 99 counties leading up to Tuesday's election.

Most polls show Ernst, a state senator, ahead of opponent Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley by as much as four percentage points.

"It is more important for me to be out on the road meeting with undecided voters across Iowa, sharing my message with them, allowing them to reach out, shake my hand, and ask me tough questions," she said.

Ernst anticipated she would be the "next United States senator from Iowa," and thought voters would choose her over Braley, as much for her policies as they would be voting against President Barack Obama.

"President Obama has a very low approval rating here in Iowa. Congressman Braley has supported him and his failed policies, and Iowans want to see a change," she said.

If elected, Ernst, who toured Iraq as part of the National Guard, said her priorities were lower taxes, a balanced budget, and a strong national defense — things that were "true to all of Iowa."

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Iowa Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst said she has "no second thoughts" about her recent decision not to meet with the editorial board of the Des Moines Register.
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