Iowa State Sen. Joni Ernst (R) is running against U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) for U.S. Senator Tom Harkin's seat when he steps down this November.
Ernst won 56 percent of the vote in a crowded GOP primary last weekend, notes USA Today.
The Iowa Democratic Party released an audio recording (below) today that features Ernst warning voters about "Agenda 21," which several right wing conspiracy theorists have claimed is a United Nations plot to take away private property.
"Agenda 21 is a horrible idea, I'm sure most of you have followed that," said Ernst at a campaign event in Ida Grove, Iowa, in 2013.
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"What does it do to an individual family here in the state of Iowa?" stated Ernst. "What I've seen, the implications we can have here is moving people off of their agricultural land and consolidating them into city centers, and then telling them that you don’t have property rights anymore. These are all things that the U.N. is behind, and it’s bad for the United States and bad for families here in the state of Iowa."
According to Slate.com, Agenda 21 is a voluntary non-binding plan that was created at the U.N. Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 and signed by President George H.W. Bush in 1992. The purpose of the plan was to suggest ways to preserve the environment, not override U.S. sovereignty.
Ernst had to deal with a separate issue today when it was revealed that her husband Gail Ernst called Hillary Clinton a "hag," said Janet Napolitano (then-secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security) was a "traitorous skank" and made jokes about shooting his ex-wife, all on Facebook.
"I'm appalled by my husband's remarks," Ernst told the Des Moines Register. "They are uncalled for and clearly inappropriate. I've addressed this issue with my husband, and that's between us."