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Republican Senate Hopefuls Attend GOP BBQ
TIFFIN (CBS 2/ FOX 28)--Over barbequed pork, potatoes, and political debate, five republican hopefuls put in their bids before Johnson County voters Saturday to win the 2014 US Senate race.
"Really getting to know the people and allowing them to get to know us, it's the best part of this campaign," said candidate Joni Ernst.
"We do this almost every day where we go somewhere in the state of Iowa and meet Iowans that are going to have an impact on selection," said candidate Matt Whitaker.
The list of candidates hoping to take over Senator Tom Harkin's seat includes Sam Clovis, Joni Ernst, Scott Schaben, Matt Whitaker, and David Young-all of whom had similar goals if elected.
"I think the first we ought to be focusing on is the economy," said candidate Sam Clovis.
"I want to focus on balancing the budget," said candidate Scott Schaben.
About 100 voters showed up to this year's GOP fall BBQ with an appetite for much more than just food.
"The economy, the shutdown in Washington, said voter Elaine Moore. Instead of arguing in Washington, let's find a solution to the end of this."
"A little bit of leadership, if we can't get the leadership we need from the White House maybe we can get some congressional leadership," said voter Mike Streb.
A job candidate David Young says he's up for having already spent time in Washington as Chief of Staff for Senator Chuck Grassley.
"I've seen the beast of Washington up close, said candidate David Young. It is ugly."
"I've been there fighting for them, I'm going to keep doing it for them, he said.
The Republican primary will be held on June 3, 2014.