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GOP taps Joni Ernst to deliver State of the Union response

GOP taps Joni Ernst to deliver State of the Union response

Joni Ernst, a newly elected senator from Iowa and a lieutenant colonel in the Iowa National Guard, will deliver the Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union address next week, party leaders announced Thursday. Ernst, who became a GOP sensation early last year when she launched a television ad touting her experience as a farmer castrating hogs, represents a fresh face for the GOP and a new class of senators who gave the party a majority in the chamber last November. Ernst defeated Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley in one of the most hotly contested Senate races of 2014, becoming the first woman elected to statewide office in Iowa's history. "I am truly...

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