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ERNST & GREENFIELD SPAR IN IOWA U.S. SENATE DEBATE

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Republican Senator Joni Ernst and Democratic challenger Theresa Greenfield engaged in a combative debate Monday night on Iowa P-B-S.

The candidates disagreed on taxes, immigration, infrastructure, the minimum wage and when the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court should be filled.

Ernst, who described herself as “proudly pro-life,” downplayed the idea confirming President Trump’s nominee will get the ultimate result abortion opponents have long sought.

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Greenfield called the decision “settled law.”

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Tens of millions of dollars is being spent by outside groups on this Senate race and each candidate accused the other of being beholden to special interest money.

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Neither candidate ruled out the idea of raising new fees to supplement the per-gallon gas tax, but their views of the federal minimum wage diverged.

Ernst said it may be time to “index” the minimum wage, so it automatically goes up based on inflation.

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Greenfield expressed support for doubling the federal minimum wage.

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Due to the pandemic, the debate was held in an empty auditorium and the candidates were separated by plexiglass.

Ernst mentioned she wears a face mask, but she said requiring face coverings in public doesn’t appear to be enforceable.

Greenfield cited the recent increase in Covid cases and pointed to the White House Coronavirus Task Force recommendation that Iowa have a statewide mask mandate.

Photo & audio from IPTV