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Takeout Outtake Especial: Senator Joni Ernst
You're listening to the takeout from CBS News Radio, I major Garrett this, your Tuesday takeout outtake speciale our special guests this week, Senator Joni Ernst Republican from Iowa, so she's got a vote to make on Capitol Hill where just a few blocks away from that. So we're going to compress this a little bit self center. We have three threshold questions. We ask every single one of our guests in this espec- Al Porsche, our audience loves the answers, which means the questions aren't bad. So. One of the most influential or the most influential book in your life. Religious text are worse observed and appreciate it, but it can be other than that, you can add that and you can say that and something else. Your favorite movie or one of your all time. Favorite movies away to think about that is if you're surfing along and you see the movie, you instantly stopped. That's one way to conceptualize that. And if you're on a long drive across Iowa or a long flight from the capital to some beautiful place in Iowa, what music artists or John rea- are you most likely to listen to? Outstanding. I think probably books. Of course, the most appropriate answer of course, is going to be the bible. Any time beyond that. A couple of books that I've read recently, of course, JD van says, hillbilly algae and the similarities that I've seen not only in his own story, but the stories of folks I know back home in Iowa run parallel, so very influential book in my life. And then this kind of war by TR Fehrenbach talks about the Korean war, and it really gave me an inside look as as to how that war actually progressed movies. Movies, movies. Okay. This one's a little bit frivolous, but sentenced sensibility. I do love Jane Austen and that probably, yeah, that is probably my favorite music. Let's see music. Okay, might shock you a little bit. Okay. John country is my John rob, but one of my favorite songs is my house by floor Ida, so love it, but my house. So that's our, that's our jam song. When I'm driving in the car with my staff, we all have to sing and get to the part where we wrap and we all do it very well. I would pay to see. There needs to be some sort of YouTube channel for that. I'm I'm looking at Senator earns to staff right us on the need to create a YouTube presentation of this. All right. What Floride Avia Senator earns and all of her staff that that will be killer. Great. So I have driven across Iowa many times in my campaign coverage. You obviously have driven across. It's not always easy to do. There are dangerous on the roads. Adviser are dangerous on the roads is foggy. Sometimes it's, I mean folks when I say foggy, I mean really like you cannot see anything on fall or winter mornings, very, very foggy. There, dear their livestock Nance. You've had an issue at least one issue in my campaign bus, the squeal mobile. I was out with John McCain down in southern Iowa, and we were busting into our last stop of the night. It was dark out and we hit a deer. It took out the boss at the bus had to be towed. And John McCain. Staffer ended up with a huge goose egg on her forehead. She was thrown in the bus, but John McCain, he, he was like, what the was that and. Probably a deer, and that's what I said and we and I didn't even have to face forward. I said, John, we hit a deer and he immediately hopped up out of his seat, ran to the door and said, I've got to see this. John McCain, right? Sam and and I was the, the story has been properly inaccurately communicated to me. He was there for the Khuda gras of the poor dear. Yes, was one I had to be there and. Because it was not gonna survive. Well, okay. So I think the deer was already dead, but law enforcement. Obligation. And look, Senator McCain is an attentive audience. Got it. All right. It's Iowa folks. Happen, but it is a beautiful state. I have spent a lot of tremendous amount of time there and just in the minute half, we have to go to give chamber of commerce moment here because Des Moines is an amazing town. I started covering presidential campaigns in nineteen ninety six and I've watched Moines. Grow and become not only a more populated in populous place, but a more cultured place, more diverse economic place. Tell us in chamber of commerce. Go get one minute, you bet. Des Moines, Iowa is our most populated city in the state of Iowa, and it has grown. It is the insurance capital of the United States. And I would say we're not maybe the tech capital of the United States, but we do have a lot going on in Iowa's virus technology. We have Google, we have a new apple campus that's being located outside of demoing on the fringes of demoain and we have Microsoft, you name it. We've, we've got it locating in Iowa. What does that story about? And that's story about education. Is that about workforce is about tax incentives? It is about all of the above. Iowa's a great place to live grow, raise a family. We have a wonderfully educated workforce Iowa's number one with our graduation rates out of high school. So we have well educated, hardworking, Iowans that want to work in technology fields. But one of the other great areas is the fact that we do have renewable energy, and that's what a lot of those tech companies are looking for employees and their employees. So culture, wind and solar very big in Iowa, don't give many chamber of commerce moments, but I loved him on. It's a great place. I watched it grow. It's a, it's an American success story. So demoain that's what you get for major Garrett. Tillerson please enjoy started earns. It's been a great. I know you're gonna go to the capital rush away, but thanks. Thank you. New episodes of the takeout are available Friday mornings wherever you get your podcasts. 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