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Democrat U.S. Senate candidate Mike Franken told attendees at an event he hopes Iowa can “swing at ideas” well before states like California.

“We were the generator of good ideas,” Franken said of Iowa in the past.

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He said Iowa used to have a strong level of liberal, progressive thought.

The NRSC latched on to Franken’s comments.

“If Mike Franken thinks he can win over Iowa farmers, families and the working class by wanting to turn Iowa into Pelosi’s California, then he is in for a rude awakening come November,” said NRSC spokeswoman Lizzie Litzow. “Unlike Franken, Chuck Grassley knows what the people of Iowa want and value. And it’s certainly not becoming the next blue, liberal elite state.”

It is difficult to imagine what ideas Iowa should bring from California.

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