Trump popularity could impact Joni Ernst re-election bid

4 The Record

A lot of the political attention these days has been on the presidential race and the large field of democrats vying for their party’s nomination.

But there is a lot more at stake in 2020 than just the presidency.

You’ll be deciding the makeup of the state governments in Iowa and Illinois.

Once again, the balance of power in Congress will be up for grabs.

Iowa Senator Joni Ernst will be in the middle of what’s expected to be a hotly contested race.

Democrats already identified her seat as potentially vulnerable and one the party plans to make a strong challenge.

It’s not clear which Democrats will make a go of it.

Ernst officially launched her re-election campaign a little more than a week ago.

She is ready financially.

Senator Ernst ended the first quarter with more than $2.8 million in her campaign account.

Senator Ernst held a town hall meeting in Davenport on Friday.

I had a chance to sit down with her for a few minutes afterward in the studio to talk about her re-election bid.

Here’s the first part of that 4 The Record conversation. 


Ernst launched her re-election bid and she is in a great position financially for the campaign.

Democrats identified her seat as one they will target.

They see it as vulnerable for some reason.

Ernst discussed how she feels about that challenge and what she thinks it will take to win again.

Presidential impact

We saw the politics of the midterm elections based largely on the Trump administration.

It’s not uncommon for a sitting president to lose power in the midterms.

Ernst talked about how much she expects the president’s popularity to be an issue in her re-election bid.


Ernst disagreed with President Trump on his approach to trade, specifically the tariffs and the renewable fuel standards.

Ernst addressed why and what she thought when the president said windmills cause cancer.

Staunch defender?

Democrats otherwise already label her as a staunch defender of the president.

So we asked Ernst how risky that is for her politically.

Watch the full conversation in the video above.

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