November 4, 2014 9:14 am -

[su_right_ad]Writer Charlie Pierce managed to get close enough to Iowa Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst to have a conversation, but Ernst had difficulty separating opinion from fact.

Ernst, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Iowa, was pressed on her criticism during a back-and-forth with Esquire’s Charles P. Pierce. The exchange happened during a stop in Newton, Iowa on Monday.

“We have an apathetic president,” Ernst said to a crowd, according to The Washington Post’s Ben Terris. After her speech she said Obama “is just standing back and letting things happen, he is reactive rather than proactive.”

Ernst added “with Ebola, he’s been very hands off.” And that’s where the back-and-forth started with Pierce, a sports-writer-turned-commentator media personality and who is the author of four books, including “Idiot America.” With Ernst, he asked her what Obama should have done differently.

“What should he have done about Ebola?” Pierce said. “One person in America has Ebola.”

“OK, you’re the press and you’re giving me your opinion,” Ernst responded.

“It’s not an opinion, only one person in America has it,” Pierce interjected.

[su_r_sky_ad]Ernst spokesman Alex Conant said that Ernst was saying with the “opinion” line that Pierce had already made up his mind about the election.

“The part where she says “you’re giving me your opinion”, she means that clearly this reporter already made up his mind about the election,” Ernst said in an email to TPM. “You should be able to tell that from her tone in the audio — I believe it was clear to the other reporters that were there.”

“Yes, but he is the leader, he is the leader of our nation,” Ernst said. “So what he can do is make sure that all of these agencies are coordinating together, to make sure he is sharing with the American people he cares about them, he cares about their safety.”

“You don’t think he does?” Pierce said.

“I don’t know that he does, he hasn’t demonstrated that,” Ernst said.

“You don’t think he’s demonstrated that he cares about the American people?” Pierce said.

“He hasn’t,” Ernst said. “I’m done. So anybody else?”

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

10 responses to Joni Ernst Tells Charlie Pierce It’s His ‘Opinion’ Only One Person In U.S. Has Ebola

  1. Carla Akins November 4th, 2014 at 10:25 am

    Someone told me the other day that Obummer let Ebola into the US, that it’s an Africa disease and it’s supposed to stay there. I’m not sure exactly what that means except that Ebola didn’t get the memo.

    • Dwendt44 November 4th, 2014 at 11:44 am

      And the asian bird flu belongs in Asia, too.

      Never mind all the diseases the white man brought into this continent a few hundred years ago.

      • Carla Akins November 4th, 2014 at 11:51 am

        Damn, I wished I’d thought about the whole smallpox thing when she was pissing me off.

  2. Hirightnow November 4th, 2014 at 11:15 am

    That this bleating pig-ball enthusiast is even on the ballot saddens me…

  3. arc99 November 4th, 2014 at 11:30 am

    How in the name of Albert Einstein can you possibly debate people who have no trouble dismissing undisputed, verified facts as an ‘opinion’?

    We are supposed to debate climate change with these people?

    • tiredoftea November 4th, 2014 at 12:29 pm

      Well, no becuase there is no climate change, dont’cha know.

  4. Suzanne McFly November 4th, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Michelle Bachman Jr.

  5. tiredoftea November 4th, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    Yes, facts are only opinions disguised as the truth.

  6. Bunya November 4th, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Considering her expertise lies in castrating cows, common sense and facts are rocket science to Joni.

  7. Electriq November 6th, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    I’m only surprised she hasn’t been killed by her own stupidity.