Reynolds and Ernst in Sioux Center

Gov. Kim Reynolds and U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) answer questions presented by Republican Party of Iowa chairman Jeff Kaufmann at the Dean Classic Car Museum on Friday. Discussion focused more on their personal sides rather than policy or politics.

SIOUX CENTER—Gov. Kim Reynolds and U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) arrived to a packed room at the Dean Classic Car Museum in Sioux Center on Friday, May 31.

Republican Party of Iowa chairman Jeff Kaufmann served as the moderator for the event, which was a fundraiser for the Republican Party.

Up on stage, the pair answered questions about lessons they learned from their grandparents, the high points of their lives and the low points and their interactions with President Donald Trump.

Ernst emphasized the idea that you can do anything through determination and hard work from her grandparents. She said that although it was certainly great to have been elected senator, she holds the moment her daughter was accepted into West Point as another high point in her life.

Reynolds talked about the work ethic her grandparents had and the gratitude they exhibited in all circumstances. Among the personal high points she listed were meeting and marrying her husband and having children.

Both remarked that they are impressed with how accessible Trump has been and his willingness to listen, even if, as Reynolds said, he doesn’t always end up doing what you would have liked.

Ernst said Iowa is a special place in the U.S., and that its charm is felt by any who visit, even her fellow senators who are running for the Democratic Party’s nomination for president.

“Iowans don’t know a stranger,” she told the crowd.