URBANDALE, Iowa -- Senate GOP candidate Joni Ernst has returned from two weeks of training with the Iowa National Guard to a contest against Democrat Bruce Braley that has become one of the nation's closely watched in the run-up to the midterm elections.
The Republican state senator spoke with veterans at a restaurant in the Des Moines suburbs Monday. She made brief remarks about her passion for public service and commitment to military veterans.
This was the first campaign appearance for Ernst since she departed for the annual training in Wisconsin.
Ernst and Braley are vying for the seat being vacated by retiring U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, a Democrat who has held it for 30 years.