When you've lost Joni Ernst...

Joni Ernst...yeah, this Joni Ernst...

...thinks Donald Trump needs to tone it down:

The night before Donald Trump flies to Iowa to speak at a motorcycle rally she’s organizing, Republican Sen. Joni Ernst called on both presidential candidates to tone it down.

Ernst, who was briefly under consideration to be his running mate, declined to directly weigh in on the Republican nominee calling Hillary Clinton “a bigot.”

“I’m not going to get into that,” she said Friday evening. “To both of them, I’d say, they need to take this into a civil discourse. I don’t like it when campaigns go that direction. I’d say to both of them, back down. And let’s really talk about the policies and the issues. That’s my advice to them.”

Ernst wore black denim jeans and a Harley-Davidson T-shirt as she walked through a pavilion on the state fairgrounds where Trump will speak. Volunteers were pitching hay bales to build a stage as she spoke with a handful of reporters.

Asked about Trump’s divisive rhetoric, Ernst said he would be much better served by “really focusing” on the economy, the Iran nuclear agreement and parochial Iowa concerns related to agriculture – in lieu of name calling.

“He needs to say a lot of things, but I think focusing on Iowa right now is going to be very, very important,” she said. “He needs to talk about what we can do in the state.”

Ernst also said she looks forward to Trump taking a firm position on immigration. “I’ve heard he’s announcing his plan next week,” said Ernst. “I don’t know, but I am excited about looking at what he’s proposing next week. I think that will be an important topic coming up here in the election, to put up Trump’s plan against Hillary Rodham Clinton’s plan. But I don’t know what it is.”

You can read the rest at the Washington Post.

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