(Sioux City) — Speaking from a cargo box of a pickup truck as her stage, U-S Republican Senator Joni Ernst began her annual motorcycle ride fund raiser at Sioux City this Saturday morning. More than 100 motorcycle enthusiasts and supporters were joinging Ernst on the ride. The first leg was traveling from Sioux City to Carroll, then it will be on to Des Moines for the overnight stay. On Sunday, the motorcycle caravan will go on
to eastern Iowa, finishing at Davenport. In past years, Ernst’s fundraiser would also include a hog roast, but Ernst told reporters this morning that due to COVID-19, this year was going to be a bit different.
Ernst says the funds generated will go toward a couple different charity organizations.
Former Arkansas Governor, and one-time presidential candidate, Mike Huckabee was a special guest to this morning’s event. Huckabee explained to the gathering why it is important that Joni Ernst returns to Washington.
Huckabee then addressed the large amount of money the opposition is spending on media ads for the Democratic Challenger, Theresa Greenfield.
Senator Ernst serves on the Senate Judicial Committee and was asked about the hearings to confirm Supreme Court nominee Amy Cohen Barrett, which are scheduled to begin on Monday. Ernst was asked if it is likely the nominee will be confirmed before the election?
The Iowa Republican Senator says there have been two members of the Senate Judiciary committee that have tested positive with COVID-19.
Ernst says she intends to be at the hearings in person.
Prior to making the cross-state ride, members of the Wasmer Post #241 American Legion of Le Mars presented to the senator a quilt decked out in American colors of red, white, and blue. The quilt is known as a “Quilt of Valor” and legion members across the nation usually present the quilts to past veterans and officials. Ernst says she was honored and proud to receive
the quilt which has a special meaning.
We will learn more about the “Quilts of Valor” next week during our news updates.