Four Republicans competing for their party’s 2014 U.S. Senate nomination gathered at Faith Baptist Bible College in Ankeny for a forum.
The first question invited each candidate to describe a time or event in their life that shaped them into the person they are today. Matt Whitaker said it was when he met his wife, Marci.
Mark Jacobs talked of going through a period of self-reflection after retiring three years ago and sitting down at one point to write his own obituary.
Joni Ernst said her formative life experience came when she went on a college exchange to a collective farm in the Ukraine.
Sam Clovis said the trajectory of his life changed on July 20th, 1978, when he was in the military and the plane he was flying came close to crashing.
The forum was sponsored by The Family Leader. The four candidates will gather again next weekend in Cedar Rapids for a debate sponsored by the Iowa Broadcast News Association.