The Short: Amid VP talk, Trump meets with Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst
Log Out US Senator Joni Ernst, Republican of Iowa, speaks during the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), March 3, 2016.
The Long: Log Out US Senator Joni Ernst, Republican of Iowa, speaks during the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), March 3, 2016.
(Photo: Saul Loeb, AFP/Getty Images) Ernst, a first-term senator, did not exactly dampen vice presidential speculation afterward, saying she and Trump had a "good conversation," and that she plans to continue to "share my insights" with the presumptive Republican presidential nominee about the challenges facing the nation.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during the opening session of the Western Conservative Summit on July 1, 2016, in Denver.
(Photo: David Zalubowski, AP) Largely unknown two years ago, Ernst broke through a crowded 2014 GOP primary field to win the nomination for Senate with a campaign ad in which she said her rural roots and experiences castrating hogs would serve as training for how she would cut pork in Washington.
She also had the backing of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, who is now a Trump ally.