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NEW HAMPTON (KWWL) -

Joni Ernst is the only female Republican Senator who didn't drop Donald Trump after a 2005 video was released of Trump making sexist comments about women.

Senator Ernst was touring Iowa, and her message seems to be that her choice to stick with Trump is more about policy than personality.

Several Republican leaders dropped Trump after the Access Hollywood video was released.

They said he should step down.

But, Senator Ernst said her choice to stick with Trump ultimately came back to the many flaws of Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, including her use of her private e-mail server and her failed policies in Syria, Iraq, and Benghazi.

Policies aside, we asked Senator Ernst how she explains Trump's comments to someone like her own daughter.

"There will be men who make comments like that. They will make them about young men and women, and they are inexcusable, and when put in a situation like that, know how to extricate yourself and just teach them to be strong," Senator Ernst said.

Recently, Nevada Senator Deb Fischer has since re-endorsed Donald Trump after initially dropping him after the video was released.

 Again, Senator Joni Ernst says she does not defend Donald Trump's comments, calling them inexcusable.

After hearing stories of more women coming forward to discuss sexual assault concerns against Donald Trump, Senator Ernst said, "I don't want to doubt those women, because if what they're saying is accurate, it's very serious."

Senator Ernst wrapped up her 88th stop in New Hampton during her 99-county tour of the state.

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