Lindsey Graham welcomes Joni Ernst to the Senate with a castration device

In this screen capture from an video, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, shows a reporter a castration device he gave to freshman Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, on the first day of the 114th Congress.

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham welcomed Iowa Republican Joni Ernst to Congress Tuesday by presenting her with a mounted castration device, according to a story posted at

Ernst, the junior senator from Iowa, who won her seat in November, has a memorable campaign video in which she said she grew up castrating pigs on a farm. In the news story, Graham, also a Republican, tells the reporter he thought Ernst's ad was one of the best campaign ads he'd ever seen.

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