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Trailing in latest poll to Theresa Greenfield, Joni Ernst calls for 6 debates


This news story was published on June 23, 2020.
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Joni Ernst (R) incumbent wants to debate her challenger

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Joni Ernst noticed she is trailing in the latest poll to Democratic challenger Theresa Greenfield and now is calling for six debates with her rival.

“I called for six debates on the serious issues facing Iowans, and national democrats respond by talking about my wardrobe,” Joni Ernst lamented Monday.

Ernst, dressed in a leather vest in a video posted Monday as she perched behind a motorcycle, said, “I haven’t heard say one thing that Chuck Schumer hasn’t told her to say. And, that’s not what Iowans expect in a leader,” as she demanded the face-off with Greenfield.

Theresa Greenfield is the Democratic nominee who will face Joni Ernst in November.

A Des Moines Register poll released just days before the Ernst debate demand has Greenfield ahead 46-43, within the margin of error.

Greenfield, a Des Moines real estate professional, didn’t immediately respond to Ernst’s challenge.  Instead, she criticized Ernst’s voting record in Congress, saying, “The fossil fuel lobbyist who runs the EPA – who Joni Ernst voted for – is considering 52 more waivers that devastate farmers & ethanol jobs. I’m calling on Andrew Wheeler to step down immediately. He’s failing our farmers & it’s shameful Sen. Ernst puts big oil ahead of Iowans.”

Ernst reportedly had only three debates in 2014 against her opponent, Bruce Braley.

The election is set for November 3, 2020.

Later Tuesday, the Greenfield campaign reached the NIT newsroom and requested an update to this story to include the Greenfield response to Ernst’s challenge:

“After a new poll showing her trailing, Senator Ernst continues to follow Mitch McConnell’s desperate playbook for other failing Senators around the country,” said Greenfield for Iowa Communications Director Sam Newton. “Of course, Theresa looks forward to debates this fall – just like how she participated in three televised debates and six public forums in the primary. While we’re currently accepting invitations from media partners, Ernst doesn’t need to wait to explain why she is enabling the anti-ACA lawsuit that would dismantle Medicaid expansion or refuses to answer for her ongoing dark money scandal.”

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12 Responses to Trailing in latest poll to Theresa Greenfield, Joni Ernst calls for 6 debates

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    Joni could have a problem here. Reply Report comment

    June 25, 2020 at 1:04 pm

    I am a conservative leaning. But looking at Teresa Greenfield and following her background, I think Joni is going to have a huge fight on her hand. Teresa seems to be a very tenacious not to give up type of person. Not the type to take NO for an answer. She lost her husband, raised two boys as a single Mom, then got a job in real estate development without a degree in that field. She then was able to keep advancing her career from there. She is a true success story. I am not saying I am voting for her. The debates, news coverage and if she appears on WHO radio for interviews will help me determine that. If she can prove that she can be an independent Democrat (hard to get Democratic PAC money that way but…)it would really help her with the Independents.
    Loosely quoting Babe Ruth here.. “It’s hard to beat someone that never gives up”. And from what I can tell, Teresa never gives up.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 25, 2020 at 7:27 am

    Any vote for a Republican is STUPID.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 24, 2020 at 10:46 am

    Don’t take the bait! Don’t let her goat you.

    It’s time for her to get slam dunked.

    She does not deserve one more day in office.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 24, 2020 at 5:43 am

    Joni being a combat veteran on the front line is another one of her big jokes! She never left Kuwait.
    If she was “really” a combat veteran, she would have been appalled at what happened to Lt. Colonel Vidman.
    She used her military time to cheat on her husband, then had a fake meltdown when caught!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 23, 2020 at 11:44 am

    squeal