is the energetic, young face of mississippi's tea party. the sarah palin-backed mcdaniel came within a few thousand votes of beating six-term incumbent republican u.s. senator thad cochran in a june primary and subsequent run off by riding a wave of anti-washington, anti- incumbent anger. mcdaniel claims election fraud helped cochran win a june runoff election, and is challenging the results in court. according to mcdaniel, democrats voted in their own primary and then illegally crossed over and voted in the republican runoff, which is a violation of state law. mcdaniel blames the state's republican establishment and the cochran campaign for appealing to those democrats, in addition to millions spent by outside groups attempting to sway the race and potential stop the tea party in its tracks. >> they were willing to sacrifice a friend for power. they would say and do anything to do that. and they did. that's problematic, but not just for me because when they called me those nasty names, when they called me a racist, which is not true, when they said i was going to cut off fund
, rand paul and sarah palin have all come to iowa to campaign for ernst. and this weekend, hillary and bill clinton showed up at senator harkin's last annual steak fry celebration to thank him, and put in a pitch for democrat bruce braley: >> in just 50 days, iowans have a choice and a chance; a choice between the guardians of gridlock and champion of shared opportunity, and shared prosperity. a chance to elect a senator who believes women should make our own health care decisions. >> woodruff: if ernst's achilles heel is her very conservative track record, for braley, it's some controversies he's created: he seemed to denigrate iowa's other u.s. senator, charles grassley, as a farmer from iowa who never went to law school. braley apologized to grassley and says he has put the incident behind him: he bores in instead on what his campaign calls his opponent's "out of the mainstream" views. >> my challenge in this race has always been to make sure the voters of iowa understand the clear choices in this senate race. on issues that affect iowa's economy. i voted for a five year farm bill.
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