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Ernst happy to capitalize on Braley video

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United States Senate candidate Joni Ernst said that it was a “happy coincidence” that her ‘Squeal’ ad came out at about the same time as a video of Iowa Democrat Bruce Braley calling Republican Senator Chuck Grassley just a “farmer from Iowa who never went to law school.”

“It was a happy coincidence for me that the same time our ad came out Bruce Braley was caught on video,” Ernst said. “He was stumping to trial attorneys in Houston, Texas – or wherever he was – talking about how he had fought against tort reform, which I think most of us agree needs to be taken care of.”

She made the remarks to the Simpson College Republicans on Simpson Campus in Indianola Thursday night.

She said Braley’s video made her think of many Iowans who are a lot more than just farmers.

“They really are the backbone of Iowa’s economy,” Ernst said. “It was a great coincidence that that came out. I was happy to capitalize on that.”

She said her campaign staff new the ‘Squeal’ video was a gutsy move she needed an advertisement that would get her name out there so people would recognize it and understand she has rural roots.

Her ‘Squeal’ video starts with her standing in a barn saying: “I grew up castrating hogs on an Iowa farm. So when I get to Washington, I’ll know how to cut pork.”

Ernst, who lives in Red Oak, currently represents six counties in southwest Iowa as a state senator and she said “it is one of the most rural districts out there.”

She said overall, the video did what she wanted it to.

Ernst’s is the only campaign that has announced it has 99 county chairs and the Suffolk University Poll, released earlier this week, has Ernst leading the senate race.

Ernst has also earned endorsements from Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin.