In a bizarre campaign ad appropriately titled “Squeal,” a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Iowa cites her experience castrating hogs as evidence she will cut spending in D.C.
“I’m Joni Ernst,” she says. “I grew up castrating hogs on an Iowa farm. So when I get to Washington, I’ll know how to cut pork.”
The comment is followed by a shot of a pig giving a concerned squeak.
After the pig, the ad rolls into stock GOP descriptors including “mother,” “soldier” and “conservative” – the trifecta, really.
The ad is bizarre, but it has certainly gotten her some notice. Sarah Palin has already endorsed her in a Facebook post:
Growing up on a hog farm in Southwest Iowa, Joni has taken her ‘pork cutting’ skills to the Iowa State Senate where she has been a champion for life, small government, and lower taxes — voting for the largest tax cut in Iowa history.”
Ernst is facing several Republicans in the primary, and if she wins she will face an interesting battle against Democrat Bruce Braley, who is currently a member of the House of Representatives for Iowa’s 1st District. Braley currently has comfortable leads over all of his Republican opponents, and leads Ernst by double digits.
His polling numbers might take a bit of a dip, though, given his gaffe earlier this week. In keeping with the farm theme, Braley is currently under fire for calling Sen. Chuck Grassley “a farmer from Iowa who never went to law school.” He later apologized for the remark.
Here is the 38-second video that sparked the controversy:
Regardless of the remarks, which were certainly in poor taste, Braley is likely to run away with the election. Perhaps Ernst can show him how to castrate a hog before he heads to Washington with a shiny new title.