Ernst Speech

Senator Joni Ernst speaks to supporters at the Marion County Republicans fundraiser on August 14.

The Marion County Republicans hosted their summer fundraiser on August 14 at the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and Museum. The fundraiser featured Senator Joni Ernst as the headlining speaker.

The fundraiser’s goal was to spread awareness about the values and principles that republicans hold, said T. Waldmann-Williams, Marion County Republicans Chair. The event also allowed people to voice their questions and opinions to elected officials.

During the fundraiser, Senator Ernst spoke on the current political landscape across the nation and the upcoming 2020 election, in which she is up for re-election.

Ernst spent time discussing the Green New Deal, which is a plan to combat climate change. She shared that the plan, which would cost American taxpayers $93 trillion, would replace fossil fuels with other clean energy sources within the next ten years. Ernst emphasized this would mean replacing cars, tractors, combines and buses with alternative sources such as electric cars.

“What they’re forcing, or want to force upon the American people, is absolutely unaffordable by the average American,” said Ernst. “Absolutely unaffordable and unrealistic.”

The Green New Deal was co-sponsored by each Democratic Senator that is running for president. When taken to a vote, there were no democrats who voted in favor of the bill.

“They knew it was a ludicrous idea,” Ernst said. “They were pandering to the people on the left… They were willing to put their name on it, but they weren’t willing to vote for it.”

Ernst also discussed healthcare, specifically touching on the concept of medicare for all. She explained medicare for all would eliminate employer sponsored health plans and privately owned insurance plans.

“Medicare for all means healthcare for none,” Ernst said. “It is longer wait times and it is a lesser quality of care.”

“That’s where we’re trending, is ridiculous ideas on the left that simply can’t be supported,” said Ernst. “It would absolutely destroy our economy, destroy our lifestyles. That’s not the way we want to trend. So we need to stay on the path of prosperity here in the United States.”

Ernst warned those in attendance to watch for the socialist that agenda that she says many of the democratic presidential candidates are pushing. She encouraged supporters to avoid following in the paths of socialist elites, saying their values are not representative of those in the heartland.

Senator Ernst is up for re-election in the 2020 election. She says that her seat is considered one of the top five most vulnerable republican seats in the United States Senate. Ernst claims that Iowa is the number one state with dark money expenditures, saying this is already an interesting year in terms of the election.

“The democrats want this seat badly,” Ernst stated. “There’s only one thing they hate more than having a conservative that took away one of the liberal seats in the Senate. The only thing they hate more that that is a strong, conservative woman… I have a big target on my back.”

Ernst acknowledged that she was in for a tough race over the next year. She asked those in attendance for their continued support throughout the election cycle.

Following Ernst’s speech, T. Waldmann-Williams recognized several elected officials who were in attendance, including State Senator Amy Sinclair, State Senator Ken Rozenboom, House District 28 Representative Jon Thorup and Marion County Supervisor Mark Raymie.

“To have Senator Ernst here, she takes a complex issue and brings it down to earth,” said Waldmann-Williams. “I really like how she brings out things that none of us knew.”

Waldmann-Williams acknowledged that is important for people to hear different political opinions, especially when it comes to younger voters. She was encouraged to see young people in attendance at the fundraiser.

“I think it’s so important to have the younger people here… because I think it’s important that they hear both sides,” said Waldmann-Williams. “We have to encourage that voice. We have to keep giving them the opportunity to talk and to find their voice. So that is what this fundraiser is about.”

The fundraiser included a silent auction and buffet-line for those in attendance to enjoy.

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