The anti-Trump GOP group the Lincoln Project launched an ad Tuesday targeting Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) as her battle to keep her Senate seat ramps up.
The group framed Ernst as a “yes woman” for President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in the ad and a press release, which come before the senator’s Thursday debate with Democratic candidate Theresa Greenfield.
The ad, titled “Real,” condemns Ernst for supporting Trump’s trade plan, which it says is “driving too many Iowa farms to bankruptcy” and for not confronting the White House over its response to the coronavirus pandemic “that cost so many Iowa lives.”
Now, as the first-term Republican senator seeks reelection, she finds her fate tied to Trump’s in a state where the president’s support has eroded significantly as voters have harshly assessed his handling of the pandemic, and hers.
Ernst’s ads this time advocate not the reversal of the Affordable Care Act, but upholding its most popular provision: somehow guaranteeing health coverage for people with preexisting medical conditions while gutting other provisions in the law.
Trump finds himself locked in a close race in Iowa with Democrat Joe Biden, and Ernst is as well against Democratic challenger Theresa Greenfield.
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Theresa Greenfield expressed frustration and disappointment Tuesday with the federal response to the coronavirus pandemic that appears to be building again as Iowans brace for the upcoming flu season.
Greenfield, who is challenging first-term GOP Sen. Joni Ernst in the Nov. 3 election, paused from her campaign schedule to drop off two absentee ballots — hers and her husband’s — at the Polk County Auditor’s office before telling reporters that health care issues are at the top of voters’ minds as the Nov. 3 election approaches.
“Health care is on the ballot. It’s the No. 1 topic,” she said. “In my last couple tele-town halls where we’ve had about 250 people joining us, health care is the No. 1 thing. They have pre-existing conditions. They’re worried about losing it. They rely on their rural hospitals. They’re worried about losing Medicaid expansion and if their hospital will close.”
The debate, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, will be the third and final debate in that contest. The race, one of the tightest in the country, could help determine if Democrats can wrest control of the Senate from Republicans. Donors have poured in millions of dollars to each side, flooding the airwaves, internet and mailboxes with ads.
A Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll published last month showed Greenfield leading by 3 percentage points, which was within the margin of error. Other polls also have suggested the race is a toss-up.
Watch live video of the debate here:
FYI, Greenfield’s campaign sent out a reminder via e-mail today about the upcoming virtual fundraiser with President Obama:
It's never been more important that Democrats take back control of the Senate majority. That's why President Obama is hosting a virtual grassroots fundraiser on Friday to ensure we have the resources to take back the Senate.
Democrats only need to flip four seats to regain the Senate majority, and President Obama knows we have one of our best shots to do that right here in Iowa. We're joining forces with President Obama to fight back against Mitch McConnell's attacks, and help flip Iowa, Texas, and Georgia, and keep Michigan blue.
Join President Obama at his grassroots fundraiser to support Theresa Greenfield (IA), MJ Hegar (TX), Gary Peters (MI), Jon Ossoff (GA), and Raphael Warnock (GA).
A Grassroots Fundraiser to Flip the Senate with President Obama
When: Friday, October 16, 2020
Time: 4:00 CT
Hope to see you there,
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