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It did not take Congresswoman Cindy Axne long to frame her message for the general election against State Sen. Zach Nunn.

Axne said in a statement that while Nunn wants voters to believe he is running against a “far-left candidate,” that isn’t who she is.

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“I have worked across the aisle to upgrade our infrastructure, make the markets fairer for our farmers and expand skills training so every Iowan has a chance to succeed,” she said. “Serving Iowans is my highest priority and my greatest reward.”

Is it?

What about the “anti-vax crazies” and the Christians?

This clip is going to be shown again and again and again in this race. Axne talks about

“So now all the schools are back wanting to put mask mandates in and all the anti-vaxxer crazies are out there with their, you know, their, it’s a hot mess.”

She later continued:

“I’ll be honest, the, you know, Christian right is, you know, everything under the guise while they hold a cross, and, you know, for God or whatever, and they use it like a weapon and it’s painful to watch because they’ve weaponized religion, they’ve weaponized politics.”

Yeah, those aren’t the words of someone who is bipartisan. And they aren’t the words of someone who considers serving Iowans to be their greatest reward.

That clip will be played over and over and over. Axne will have these words attached to her. She will not escape it.

And the message she delivered that was featured on Tucker Carlson’s show is not a winning message anywhere in Iowa.

She can try to explain how she is bipartisan, but the reality is…in politics, when you’re explaining you’re losing.

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