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Swift becomes part of Iowa Senate campaign

Monday, November 3, 2014 – Taylor Swift landed herself in the middle of the Iowa race for U.S. senator, but that was not the doing of the singer, who announced on Monday she was launching a world tour.

The web site Buzzfeed posted a video of retiring U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, a Democrat, discussing the looks of Joni Ernst, the Republican seeking to replace him. She is engaged in a tight battle against U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley.

"I don't care if she's as good-looking as Taylor Swift or as nice as Mr. Rogers, but if she votes like Michele Bachmann, she's wrong for the state of Iowa," Harkin said.

Ernst said she would "shake it off," a reference to Swift's new single.

On Monday, Harkin apologized. "I shouldn't have said those things, I know that. I regret anytime someone feels offended by what I have said," Harkin said. "But I am only human and I can make mistakes sometimes in how I say something. In fact, I have complimented her on running a very good campaign."

Ernst told Fox & Friends that she "was very offended that Sen. Harkin would say that. I think it's unfortunate that he and many of their party believe you can't be a real woman if you're conservative and you're female," Ernst said. "I believe if my name had been John Ernst attached to my resume, Sen. Harkin would not have said those things." Ernst also knocked Democrats. "I am a woman and second I have been to war. I am a combat veteran, this is not a war on women and anytime Democrats use the word war, they need to do it to honor our servicemen and women," Ernst said.

If elected, Ernst would be the first female from Iowa elected to the senate.

No word from Swift.

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Taylor Swift has made the best CD of her young career with her fourth CD. The biggest difference is that Swift's singing, spotty on previous releases and live performances, is far far superior here. Swift wrote all 14 songs here, which like her other albums tend to deal with relationships that have gone south. Swift's songwriting always has been one of her strengths, and that continues to be the case here - both lyrically and musically. Put simply, Swift knows a lot about penning »»»
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Concert Review: No lead singer? No problem for The Earls of Leicester – The Earls of Leicester have been in a bind that could have caused other bands to cancel the show. The bluegrass band's lead singer Shawn Camp has suffered from laryngitis for 11 days. What to do? Put the vocals on the cords mainly of acoustic guitarist Jeff White and to a lesser extent Dobro player supreme Jerry Douglas.... »»»
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