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Joni Ernst: Democrats "Believe You Can't Be A Real Woman If You're Conservative"

Republican U.S. Senate nominee from Iowa Joni Ernst appeared on FOX & Friends to respond to retiring Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) calling her "attractive" and likening her to Taylor Swift.

"I was very offended that Sen Harkin would say that," Ernst said on Monday's broadcast of the FOX News morning show. "I think it's unfortunate that he and many of their party believe you can't be a real woman if you're conservative and you're female. I believe if my name had been John Ernst on my resume, then Senator Harkin would not have said those things."

Ernst said if a Republican used the same language about a Democratic woman the media would have been all over him.

"I think the press would have been all over this this morning. They would not have let that go. I believe if my name had been John Ernst, attached to my resume, Senator Harkin would not have said those things," she said.

"The night of my primary election I said that this is a phony war on woman. First, I am a woman and second, I have been to war. I am a combat veteran. This is not a war on women. Anytime democrats are using the word war they need to do it to honor our service men and women," Ernst said.

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