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Ernst’s visit to Keosauqua focused on supporting veteran benefits and backing the GOP party but not Trump

By Jefferson Tyler, Multimedia Journalist

KEOSAUQUA, IA (KYOU) – U.S. Senator Joni Ernst speaking her opinion today touting a new bill on veteran’s benefits.

“God bless you for what you are doing and supporting your communities,” said U.S. Senator Joni Ernst as she spoke out to the community of Keosauqua, Iowa. She’s there stumping for voter support for a newly proposed new bill to expand veterans benefits. But she’s not showing that same sort of support for the Republican Candidate for President, Donald Trump.

“I am backing our party. And I have stated that I am not fighting for Donald Trump. I am fighting for my country.” Said Ernst.

She is following U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan’s cues, of concentrating on local races. Rather than the presidential race.

“I am already booked up. We’ve got a number of Iowa candidates that I am already scheduled to assist. And I’ve got my 99 county tour. So I’m going to focus on that through the elections season,” said Ernst. Still, she’s planning to vote the party line.

“I see this election as so important. Such as the Supreme Court nominations going forward. The direction of our country. I really do believe in my party’s platform” said Ernst.

She’s hoping voters concentrate on Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump’s political issues.

“He will be a policy leader whether it’s straightening out the VA, foreign interest, making sure we stay strong there with our military” said Ernst.

Rather than his personal issues. Reflected in recently released audio of Trump talking to reporter Billy bush about women, 10 years ago.

“I’m appalled by what he has said and what he has done. I will not condone what Donald Trump has said or done. I will never do that,” said Ernst.

According to the Iowa Secretary of State’s website, more than 103,000 absentee voters have already voted.  That’s more than a third of the state’s absentee voters. Early voting started on September 29th, and ends of November 7th. The day before people can vote in person….Election Day, November 8th.

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