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Branstad Admires Ernst's Farm Skills

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — To be a successful politician in Iowa, it apparently helps to have some animal-handling skills.

Asked Monday about U.S. Senate Republican nominee Joni Ernst, who won the primary election last week, Gov. Terry Branstad says he admires her gutsy campaign style in which she touted her ability to castrate pigs. Branstad says he respects the fact that she grew up on a farm, as did he and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds.

Branstad says he didn’t castrate pigs while living on a farm, but he held animals while a veterinarian did.

Reynolds says she’s never castrated a pig but joked she might now that she sees the name recognition Ernst gained. Reynolds adds that she knows how to skin a chicken very well.

Ernst will face Democrat Bruce Braley in November.

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