An Iowa politician claimed on Sunday that new suggestions for the Democratic presidential primary calendar effectively gave the Midwest “the middle finger.”
Republican Senator Joni Ernst said on “Fox News Sunday”: “I’m extremely sorry that the Democrats chose not to have Iowa as their first-in-the-nation caucus.”
The Rules and Bylaws Committee of the Democratic National Committee decided to switch Iowa’s presidential primary to South Carolina’s this past week.
President Biden supports the proposal, arguing that it will give “voters of color” a greater voice in choosing a presidential candidate.
He wrote to the DNC last week, saying, “It is time to adapt the procedure for the 21st century.
For 50 years, the first month of our presidential nomination process has been a beloved element of our democratic process.
Iowans did not take well to that.
In the past, there have been several attempts to amend this, Ernst noted. “I’m delighted Republicans are continuing on their current trajectory. Democrats, in my opinion, have indeed disregarded Middle America.
With the proposed Democratic strategy, South Carolina’s primary would take place on February 3, 2024, with New Hampshire and Nevada’s primaries following on February 6.
For years, New Hampshire and Iowa have always taken the honors.
Democrats in Iowa share Ernst’s outrage about the reforms.
Ross Wilburn, chair of the Iowa Democratic Party, said this week, “Democrats cannot forget about entire groups of voters in the heart of the Midwest without doing substantial damage to the party for a generation.”
Sen. Angus King of Maine, an independent, tried to avoid getting involved in the argument when speaking alongside Ernst on Sunday.
They are free to do as they choose, he replied. I have no dog in this fight, she said.