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Republican Sen. Joni Ernst and Democrat Theresa Greenfield each argued during a televised debate Saturday that she is better suited to help lead the nation through a coronavirus pandemic that has left President Donald Trump and thousands more hospitalized this weekend. 

Ernst, who is seeking a second term, touted her efforts in securing federal funding for coronavirus relief in the $2 trillion CARES Act and criticized Greenfield for opposing against a “skinny” relief package that Republicans supported but Democrats said didn’t go far enough. 

“Democrats outright rejected that bill (and) decided doing nothing is OK,” she said. “I continue to push for that.”

Greenfield, a businesswoman who has not held elected office, said Congress must move more quickly to provide the next round of relief. 

“I’ve been calling for a phase four stimulus package and more investment in testing, in PPE — making sure, number one, we’re putting the