Harkin: Ernst may be ‘attractive,’ ‘nice,’ but wrong for Iowa

Harkin: Ernst may be ‘attractive,’ ‘nice,’ but wrong for Iowa

U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, is being quoted as saying there may be a sense that Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst is “really attractive” and “sounds nice,” but he warns she would the wrong choice for Iowans.

BuzzFeed News carried an online story Sunday that included video of Harkin, a Democrat retiring from the Senate, as he spoke last week at a Story County Democratic Party barbecue. Ernst is opposed by Democratic Bruce Braley in the contest to replace Harkin.

The source of the video is not identified, but it’s well known that so-called “trackers” representing both Democrats and Republicans regularly attend Iowa political events, scouring the recording afterwards for any remark that might reflect negatively upon the speaker.

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