Exclusive: Marco Rubio Endorses Joni Ernst For Iowa Senate

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is endorsing Iowa’s Joni Ernst in the Republican Senate primary, Breitbart News has learned.

Ernst, an Iowa state senator, is running a close race in Iowa with Republican businessman Mark Jacobs.

“Joni is running for United States Senate in Iowa and is the type of tough, no nonsense conservative that we need in Washington,” Rubio said in an announcement highlighting the endorsement of his Reclaim America PAC.

Former Gov. Mitt Romney and former Gov. Sarah Palin have also backed Ernst, who made national headlines with a campaign video highlighting her experience in castrating hogs.

“Elected to the Iowa State Senate 2011 Joni has fought hard to cut the “pork” in Iowa which she will tell you is just second nature, being raised on a farm and handling pigs most of her life,” Rubio said.

This is the first endorsement by Rubio’s Reclaim America PAC in a Senate primary, which he described as "unique."

“Although there are other good candidates running, it is clear that Joni is not only the kind of small government conservative we need in Washington, she’s exactly the kind of no nonsense candidate we need to turn a blue state red and pick up a critical senate seat,” Rubio continued.

Rubio is the first 2016 presidential hopeful to endorse Ernst, in a key state in the Republican presidential primary.

Ernst, who received national acclaim for an ad in which she says she "grew up castrating hogs on an Iowa farm," is out with a new spot in which she rides her Harley Davidson motorcycle to the gun range. 


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