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Grassley Mocked as Farmer From IA as Dems and GOP Honor Famed IA Agricultural Scientist

New video posted online by a GOP research firm  America Rising shows Iowa Democratic Senate candidate Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA) laughing at the idea that Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) could be the next Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee if Republicans took back the Senate. Braley made fun of  Grassley for being just a "farmer from Iowa who never went to law school."

BRALEY: "To put this in stark contrast, if you help me when this race you may have someone with your background, your experience, your voice, someone who's been literally fighting tort reform for thirty years, in a visible or public way, on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Or, you might have a farmer from Iowa who never went to law school, never practiced law, serving as the next Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Because, if Democrats lose the majority, Chuck Grassley will be the Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee." 

Braley is talking to a group of lawyers, America Rising's website says, at a South Texas fundraiser about his desire to become Iowa's next U.S. Senator and serve on the Judiciary Committee. He told the group of Texas lawyers they should help elect him to the Senate because he shares their "voice" is "someone who's been literally fighting tort reform for thirty years." 

This video emerged as both House and Senate leaders from both sides of the aisle honored the late Dr. Norman E. Borlaug. Borlaug, a native Iowan who grew up on a farm, was best known as the nation's greatest agricultural scientist, whose work in wheat improvement saved millions of lives around the world and earned him top honors in the United States. His statue was dedicated in the Capitol on Tuesday by Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).


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