Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 23 October 2014

Pig castrating US Senator wants to make Washington 'Squeal'

Republican politician Joni Ernst caused a stir with a tongue-in-cheek ad she released on March 24.

The Iowa state senator joked that she would be ideally qualified to “cut pork” in Washington DC as she “grew up castrating hogs on an Iowa farm”.

Ernst states some of her policy priorities as the ad shows baby hogs peacefully sleeping in their pens.

"My parents taught us to live within our means," Ernst says. "It's time to force Washington to do the same -- to cut wasteful spending, repeal Obamacare and balance the budget."

The state senator is contesting a crowded GOP primary to succeed retiring Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa). The Republican nominee will challenge Rep. Bruce Baley, the lone Democrat running for the seat.

Ernst has the backing of former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who sent a fundraising email on her behalf in early March.

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