Huckabee: A vote for Ernst is a vote against Harry Reid

Postby truthteller » Wed Oct 22, 2014 9:31 am

Mike Huckabee, the Republican who won the 2008 Iowa presidential caucuses, said Tuesday that Joni Ernst must win Iowa's open U.S. Senate seat to get Republican proposals moving.

Stumping for Ernst in Sioux City, Huckabee said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat, has bottled up too many Republican initiatives. If Ernst can defeat Democratic U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, the Senate could flip to Republican control, ending a logjam of more than 300 bills Reid has halted, Huckabee said.

"It is time to move Harry Reid out," Huckabee, with Ernst at his side, said at the city's Republican Party office.

Huckabee said when Republicans lead both federal chambers, such business initiatives as the Keystone XL pipeline would be able to advance. The project proposed in 2008 would take oil from Canadian fields through Great Plains states to other markets.

Huckabee said Ernst's background of military service and as a state senator qualifies her to serve. He pointed to Ernst's defense of traditional family values and "her superior ideas and qualifications."

Citing her support for the Iowa Legislature's 2013 property tax reform package as a state senator, Ernst said she would serve Iowans better than Braley. By comparison, she said, Braley has voted to raise the federal debt ceiling several times.

"We can do this; we can take this seat back," Ernst said of the seat held by longtime Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin since he defeated one-term Republican incumbent Roger Jepsen in 1984.

The election is Nov. 4.

Huckabee, a former Arkansas governor, is among a slew of Republicans mulling a 2016 run for president.

Asked if he will seek the White House, Huckabee said he's still assessing.

"Sometime in early spring is when I've got to pull the trigger" on a decision, he said.

Bill Treinen, of Sioux City, was among a crowd of 40 people who attended Tuesday's event with Huckabee and Ernst.

"I just like the fact that he came here to gather with this group of Republicans and get them jump started for the election. We have got to get the vote out," Treinen said.

High profile surrogates are flooding the race in the final days. First lady Michelle Obama campaigned with Braley on Tuesday in Iowa City.

Ernst will also get campaign help from Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
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