Chamber Ad Features Romney Pulling for Ernst

And GOP frontrunners lay low in final debate.

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Andrea Drusch
May 30, 2014, 7:35 a.m.

Former pres­id­en­tial can­did­ate Mitt Rom­ney ap­peared with state Sen. Joni Ernst (R) in Iowa Tues­day and also filmed an ad pro­mot­ing her for the U.S. Cham­ber of Com­merce. Rom­ney calls Ernst a “proven con­ser­vat­ive” who will “de­mand fisc­al re­spons­ib­il­ity” in the 30-second spot. It’s the Cham­ber’s second ad for Ernst. (re­lease)

The GOP field par­ti­cip­ated in one fi­nal de­bate ahead of the June 3 primary. Fron­trun­ners Ernst and busi­ness­man Mark Jac­obs (R) mostly held their fire, while ra­dio host Sam Clo­vis (R) and former U.S. At­tor­ney Matt Whi­taker (R) took the op­por­tun­ity to sell them­selves as more con­ser­vat­ive al­tern­at­ives. Des Moines Re­gister colum­nist Kath­ie Obradovich cri­ti­cized Jac­obs for not us­ing the event to take a shot at Ernst’s vot­ing re­cord.

Asked which 2016 pres­id­en­tial can­did­ate they most iden­ti­fied with:

Jac­obs said he liked parts of both Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) and Sen. John Mc­Cain (R). Ernst answered Iowa Sen. Chuck Grass­ley (R). Whi­taker said Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), and Clo­vis de­clined to an­swer, but sug­ges­ted a long list of can­did­ates he didn’t like. (Des Moines Re­gister)

Ernst on Cali­for­nia shoot­ing:

Ernst was asked to weigh in on the re­cent mass shoot­ing by a Cali­for­nia man, in ref­er­ence to her NRA en­dorse­ment and pro­voc­at­ive ad “shot.” Ernst said the “ac­ci­dent” had no bear­ing on Second Amend­ment rights. The phras­ing caused lib­er­al news or­gan­iz­a­tions to jump on the quote.
“What happened in that shoot­ing and that stabbing is an ab­so­lute tragedy; however, I re­main firm in my com­mit­ment to the Second Amend­ment”¦And again, just be­cause of a hor­rible, hor­rible tragedy, I don’t be­lieve we should be in­fringing upon people’s Second Amend­ment rights.”
Asked if she wishes she’d changed her ad’s con­tent or its tim­ing, Ernst said: “No, this un­for­tu­nate ac­ci­dent happened after the ad.” (Des Moines Re­gister)

Ernst on gay mar­riage:

The can­did­ate also re­ceived cri­ti­cism for her con­fus­ing stance on a gay mar­riage ban, sug­gest­ing it was a state is­sue, but that she would vote for a fed­er­al ban.
“I do be­lieve that mar­riage is between one man and one wo­man, and I also be­lieve that this is a state’s right. And I have a re­cord of this here in the state of Iowa. It is up to the people to make that de­cision, so al­low the states to make that de­cision”¦If it [a same-sex mar­riage ban] would come up at the fed­er­al level, I would sup­port it.” (Huff­ing­ton Post)

COR­REC­TION: The ori­gin­al ver­sion of this post misid­en­ti­fied busi­ness­man Mark Jac­obs.


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