Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Wednesday said he wants Republican Iowa Senate candidate Joni Ernst to serve on the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee, citing her service in the Army National Guard.
“I can’t tell you how happy I will be to have someone on the Armed Services Committee with her background and knowledge and experience that she has,” McCain said during a campaign stop for Ernst, the Quad-City Times reported.
“We need to care for the men and women who are serving. As importantly, in some way more importantly, we need to care for our veterans,” he added, referring to an Ernst line of attack that her opponent, Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa), missed a majority of the meetings held by the House panel that oversees the troubled Veterans Affairs Department.
Ernst, a lieutenant colonel in the National Guard who served in Iraq, and Braley are locked in a dead heat race.
McCain made his comments the same day former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice endorsed Ernst, saying the Senate could use someone with her military background.