Iowa candidate Ernst condemns husband's Facebook posts about Hillary Clinton, another official

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DES MOINES, Iowa — U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst has condemned Facebook posts her husband made that included calling Hillary Clinton a "hag" and referring to another former Obama administration official as a "traitorous skank."

The Des Moines Register reported ( ) the Republican state senator from Red Oak on Tuesday expressed her surprise and displeasure with the comments.

"I'm appalled by my husband's remarks," said Ernst, who won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate last week. "They are uncalled for and clearly inappropriate. I've addressed this issue with my husband, and that's between us."

Her husband, Gail Ernst, also apologized Tuesday.

"I would like to apologize for the inappropriate comments I have made on Facebook, which I deeply regret. It is not the respect that women deserve or the example I want to set for my daughters," Ernst said in a statement to the Register.

The couple has three daughters.

In April 2013, he posted a photo of Janet Napolitano, then the U.S. homeland security secretary, calling her a "traitorous skank." The Facebook post referred to claims that the Department of Homeland Security was to blame for a shortage of ammunition.

Then in May of last year, Gail Ernst wrote on Facebook that Clinton was a "lying hag" after she commented about the attack on a U.S. diplomatic installation in Benghazi, Libya.

The posts have been removed, and Gail Ernst changed his Facebook settings to make his account closed to the public.

Democratic operatives took screen shots of the posts and provided them to the Register.

Information from: The Des Moines Register,

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