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Tom Harkin: Don't Be Fooled Because Joni Ernst Is "Really Attractive," "Sounds Nice"

"I don't care if she's as good looking as Taylor Swift..."

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Retiring Democratic Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin says that Iowa voters shouldn't be fooled because Joni Ernst is "really attractive" and "sounds nice."

"In this Senate race, I've been watching some of these ads," Harkin said at the Story County Democrats' annual fall barbecue last week honoring the retiring senator. "And there's sort of this sense that, 'Well, I hear so much about Joni Ernst. She is really attractive, and she sounds nice.'"

"Well I gotta to thinking about that. I don't care if she's as good looking as Taylor Swift or as nice as Mr. Rogers, but if she votes like Michele Bachmann, she's wrong for the state of Iowa."

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Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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