Senator Tells Iowa Not to Vote for Candidate 'Even If She's As Good Looking As Taylor Swift'

Taylor Swift, 2014.
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Taylor Swift arrives at the Los Angeles International Airport on October 22, 2014.

Iowa voters learned something very important about retiring Senator Tom Harkin: He thinks Taylor Swift is beautiful (also, he may not know when to stop talking.)

Last week retiring Democratic Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin says that Iowa voters shouldn’t be fooled because Republican Joni Ernst, who is running for the open Senate seat, "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, per BuzzFeed. "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 got 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.” (BuzzFeed has video of the remarks.)

Ernst, for her part, has taken the right approach to the sexist comment.

Only 24 more hours of this stuff before it finally ends and we can all move on to immediately talking about 2016! 


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