As campaign gaffes go, this one may not register on the Richter scale in New York. But in the Hawkeye State? You’d better believe it’s a biggie.
On Thursday night, at a virtual debate hosted by the Des Moines Register, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) completely bricked a question about the price of a key agricultural export in the state.
“What’s the break-even point for soybeans for an Iowa farmer to produce?” Ron Steele, moderator of the debate, asked Ernst.
The senator completely ducked the question, riffing about trade deals for a full minute. But Steele refused to let Ernst off the hook.
“I don’t think you answered my question,” Steele said. “What’s the break-even price for soybeans in Iowa? You grew up