WEST DES MOINES - U.S. Senate hopeful Joni Ernst would bring Iowa's values to Washington, D.C., and is unlike any lawmaker the nation's capital has seen, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said at a political rally Sunday.
Palin was one of many women in politics to attend the "Heels On, Gloves Off!" event to support Ernst, a Republican state senator. Others who attended the rally included U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., former Nebraska Gov. Kay Orr and Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds.
The event was put on by ShePAC, a political action committee that supports conservative women candidates. It was free and open to the public.
Ernst is one of five candidates vying for the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Tom Harkin, a long-serving Democrat. The primary is May 3.
If elected in November, she would be the first woman to represent Iowa in the U.S. Senate.
Fischer, the first woman from Nebraska to be elected to the U.S. Senate, said she needs Ernst's presence to move forward with conservative values at the national level, such as a free market and a belief in strong families and communities.
"She will help me in the U.S. Senate to promote those values, to promote those principles and those strengths that we have as a country," Fischer said. "She will help to restore America."
Palin highlighted Ernst's military background, worldview and Iowa values as reasons why Ernst would succeed in Washington.
"They just had better not underestimate this gal from flyover country," Palin said. "She's a patriot. She's a fighter."
Ernst, who earned her Iowa senate seat in a special election in 2011 and was re-elected in 2012, echoed Palin's and Fischer's comments, pledging to bring Iowa values and conservative principles with her if elected.
"I would be honored to serve as Iowa's first elected female ... We're going to take Iowa values out to Washington, D.C.," Ernst said.
Palin and Orr also appeared Saturday in North Platte, Neb., at a rally for U.S. Senate candidate Ben Sasse. Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah joined them.
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