Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst said Wednesday that despite the issues in determining the outcome of the caucus in her state, she will always defend the process.
"What we have seen is the involvement of some new technology that has failed quite badly," the Republican lawmaker told Fox News' "America's Newsroom."
However, the caucus system remains important, she insisted, as it allows politicians to interact face-to-face with voters.
"It is a very important part of the process and narrowing down who that candidate should be," said Ernst. "We have to remember it is bipartisan, Iowa launched Barack Obama a number of years ago."
Meanwhile, Trump won hands-down on the Republican side, and Ernst said that there was a record turnout for an incumbent president.
"Folks are really excited about President Donald Trump," she said, noting that he had several surrogates on the ground and in several precinct locations.
"The fact we had so many people in for the president, and highly respected people, really stirred up the voters," said Ernst.
She added that she is not worried about complaints from people who say the caucus should come to an end, and noted that Trump has tweeted that he believes in the tradition of the caucuses.
"Many voters in Iowa are very well educated on the issues and on the candidates, and because of that, we do have a large middle ground of independent voters," said Ernst. "The majority block of our voters can register as a Republican or a Democrat and participate in the process. They again will be really pointing towards the direction."
Meanwhile, Ernst said people in Iowa are calling for the Trump impeachment to be over.
"I feel that the House managers really took our Constitution and threw it on the ground, drove a bus over and then for good measure backed up over it again," said Ernst. "This has really put a bad taste not only in our mouths but also those of our voters back home."
Meanwhile, Trump has been "absolutely incredible" about taking care of the nation's business, and items such as his recent trade deals were buried under his impeachment, said Ernst.
"We need to get back to business," she said. "That's what I'm hearing on the ground," she said.
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