Senator Joni Ernst will make an address during prime-time coverage on major television networks at the Republican National Convention in a couple of weeks! Senator Ernst was being vetted as a possible running mate to Donald Trump, but declined that position as of today.
From USA Today:
U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst will have a prominent speaking role at the Republican National Convention later this month, but almost certainly will not be the party’s vice-presidential nominee.
The first-term senator and retired colonel in the National Guard from Iowa will deliver a speech focused on national security, a Republican adviser told The Des Moines Register on Wednesday.
The booking makes Ernst one of the first prominent GOP leaders confirmed to appear in Cleveland, where GOP presidential candidateDonald Trump is expected to be formally nominated.
Also on Wednesday, though, Ernst told Politico that she intends to remain in the U.S. Senate, sending a clear signal that she does not intend to become Trump’s running mate.
“I made that very clear to him that I’m focused on Iowa. I feel that I have a lot more to do in the United States Senate. And Iowa is where my heart is,” Ernst told Politico. “I’m just getting started here. I have a great partner with Chuck Grassley, we’ve been able to accomplish a lot. And I think that President Trump will need some great assistance in the United States Senate and I can provide that.”
The statement appears to close off further speculation about whether Ernst might be invited to join the Trump ticket. Ernst has been mentioned for weeks as a potential running mate, and held a private meeting with Trump in New Jersey on Monday that was widely interpreted as a step in the vice-presidential vetting process.
One of the main reasons I like Ernst, who serves on the Armed Services and Homeland Security Committees, is because she is the first female combat veteran to serve in the Senate. She served as a company commander in Kuwait and Iraq, and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Iowa Army National Guard last year after 23 years of service. As a veteran of Desert Storm/Shield back in 1990, that works for me!
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