Ernest and her allies are calling the $400,000 ad buy, by the Senate Majority PAC, a cheap shot because she is currently on National Guard duty.
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said: "I believe Joni Ernst's service to our nation is honorable and praiseworthy, but clearly Bruce Braley and his liberal allies disagree. It is shameful that they would launch cheap political attacks against her while she is in uniform and unable to respond or defend herself."
Both the Koch Bros.-funded astroturf group, Americans for Prosperity, and American Crossroads, the Karl Rove-founded group, are currently attacking Ernst's Democratic opponent, Bruce Braley, whose campaign responded via a statement from former Iowa State Senator Jack Kibbie, a veteran of the Korean War:
"This political attack is hypocrisy at its worst. Joni Ernst’s campaign and her allies have been running attack ads against Bruce for days, and this week the spending disparity is more than 4 to 1," Kibbie said.He added that if McCain and the Ernst campaign are so concerned, they ought to suspend their own efforts and call on their allies to do the same.