BOONE – Every year, hundreds of bikers hit the open road and enjoy some barbecue at the Boone County Fairgrounds. It’s an event that’s not designed to be partisan, but often draws a lot of Republican supporters.
“I enjoy coming up and participating in this,” said Ted Marolf of Wilton, Iowa. “I like Senator Ernst and this is a nice way to touch the flesh and participate in this, and I like to ride too. So, it kills two birds with one stone.”
“It’s great to support the veterans, and we’re all about helping out where we can there and supporting Senator Ernst,” said Doug Friedrickson of Branson, Missouri.
Every year Senator Joni Ernst’s Roast and Ride benefits veterans. This year, with each mile on the open road, they’re helping Retrieving Freedom, Inc., an organization that trains service animals for veterans and kids with autism. She met the group when she was doing her 99 county tour across the state.
“I just knew then and there that this was an organization I wanted to support this year,” she said.
The Roast and Ride also brings in big names like Vice President Mike Pence in 2017. This year it was former Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley. Haley was all ready to rally potential voters.
“When I went to the U.N., I wanted to be sure that we changed the culture,” said Haley. “I wanted every country to know that we were taking names. “
On Tuesday, the President was in Iowa for a fundraiser and to thank farmers. And before her ride, Ernst let farmers what to expect from the country moving forward.
“I push back on him when I think it’s necessary, but at the same time what I’m hearing from farmers across the state, with China, they’re okay with his stance on China,” said Ernst.
Ernst says she knows Democrats are eying her seat, but she too is ready for another run.
“I know that this is an important seat and the Democrats would love to have back, but I’m going to make them fight for it and they are going to fail,” said Ernst.
Ernst says she would approve of President Trump campaigning on her behalf.