Just in from the Theresa Greenfield Campaign:
Hi all, today AARP released a new poll from Selzer & Company that shows that among Iowans aged 50 and up, Senator Joni Ernst’s net approval is underwater, 42-53 — more than 20 points worse than either Governor Kim Reynolds or Senator Chuck Grassley.
The new poll also highlights Ernst’s abysmal support among Iowans 50 and older, after she’s spent her political career threatening and undermining critical earned benefits like Social Security and Medicare that so many older Iowans rely on:
- Ernst has “talked about privatizing Social Security” since at least 2014.
- She garnered national coverage last year for suggesting that lawmakers “need to sit down behind closed doors so we’re not being scrutinized by this group or the other…” when discussing unpopular changes to Social Security — acknowledging that her harmful plans for this crucial program are politically toxic among Iowans.
- She voted for the GOP’s massive tax giveaway to billionaires and big corporations that added $2 trillion to the debt and “trimmed a year of solvency from the primary Medicare trust fund and had a negative effect on the Social Security trust fund.”
- Senator Ernst’s plan to ask working parents to borrow against their Social Security benefits in order to take time off from work has been described as “smash[ing] open that mythological ‘lock box’” of Social Security, and earned condemnation from across the political spectrum — including from conservative groups and other GOP senators.
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