A former legal client of Rep. Bruce Braley’s (D., Iowa) says he will not vote for him in Iowa’s Senate race, underscoring the challenges for the congressman as he seeks to edge out Republican Joni Ernst in the closely fought contest.
Sen. Tom Harkin (D., Iowa) told the New York Times in a recent interview that he is not sure what the big deal is about his aspiring Democratic successor’s comments about Iowa farmers earlier this year—and appeared to predict that he will lose.
Republican Joni Ernst, an Iowa Senate candidate and Iraq War veteran, blasted her Democratic opponent Rep. Bruce Braley (D., Iowa) on Friday for switching his position on battling Islamic State (IS) terrorists in Iraq and Syria.
Something peculiar has happened. As I write, none of the Republican candidates for Senate has become a public embarrassment. On the contrary: For the first time in a decade, it is the Democratic candidates, not the Republican ones, who are fodder for late-night comics. That the Democrats are committing gaffes and causing scandals at a higher rate than Republicans not only may be decisive in the battle for the Senate. It could signal a change in our politics at large.
Rep. Bruce Braley’s (D., Iowa) absences at House Veterans’ Affairs (VA) Committee hearings included meetings where mental health care for veterans was prominently discussed, another potential headache for the U.S. Senate candidate as his campaign allies seek to criticize his Republican opponent on that issue.
Rep. Bruce Braley’s (D., Iowa) record on veterans’ issues could be a key determinant in the battle for Iowa’s open Senate seat, according to party strategists and recent polls in the state.