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Sarah Palin backs Iowa candidate who castrates hogs

Sarah Palin is looking to add another “Mama Grizzly” to Congress by endorsing Joni Ernst for the U.S. Senate in Iowa.
Ernst, a state senator,  is vying in a crowded Republican primary to take on Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley. Sen. Tom Harkin, a Democrat, is retiring, and the Iowa race is one of those that will help decide which party controls the Senate.
Ernst, who grew up on an Iowa farm, made quite a splash Tuesday with the first TV ad of her campaign — in which she talks about castrating hogs and cutting “pork” in Washington.
In her endorsement announcement posted on Facebook, Palin compared Ernst to Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb. — one of the candidates she backed for Congress in 2012.
“If Nebraska’s Deb Fischer can see through the bull in Washington, then Iowa’s Joni Ernst can help her cut through the pork,” Pain said.
The quip about Fischer is a reference to the Nebraskan’s ad featuring two Angus bulls she renamed after her male rivals in her Senate race.
Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, first applied the “Mama Grizzly” term to female candidates she backed in the 2010 midterm elections. She’s been rolling out her endorsements for the 2014 season over the last few weeks.
Ernst’s campaign ad got her a mention by Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show. Watch the spot here:

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