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10/14/2014 02:18 pm ET Updated Oct 14, 2014

Joni Ernst Mocks Bruce Braley Over Michelle Obama Flub

Iowa Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst says Michelle Obama's flub about Rep. Bruce Braley's (D-Iowa) name gave her campaign a boost.

The first lady made headlines last week after she referred to the four-term congressman as "Bruce Bailey" seven times.

During an interview on Sean Hannity's radio show Monday, Ernst poked fun at her opponent's endorsement speech gone wrong.

"Wow, that was great for my campaign." Ernst chuckled. "That's one of the first tenets of having somebody come in to stump for you. They really should know who you are."

Hannity laughed along with Ernst and took his own stab at a stump speech for the Republican candidate.

"I'd like to welcome 'Joni Earnests' to the podium to be the next senator for the great state of Iowa," Hannity said, while Ernst laughed in the background.

The first lady also mistakenly referred to Braley as a Marine Corps veteran who previously worked as a trial lawyer. She most likely intended to reference his father, Byard Braley, who fought in World War II at the Battle of Iwo Jima.

Hannity suggested Obama got confused with Ernst, who served over 20 years in the Iowa Army National Guard as a lieutenant colonel.

"She was very confused that she had to be corrected by the audience on his name as well as the fact that he's not a Marine," Ernst said. "He has never served his nation in the armed forces a single day."

Obama wasn't the only politician to confuse Braley's name. Former President Bill Clinton accidentally called Braley, "Bill" at a steak fry in September hosted by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa).

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who stumped for Ernst last week, joked about Clinton's error in his speech.

"I know that Iowa voted for President Obama twice, but Iowa is not going to vote for 'Bill Braley' and vote for him a third time, that's for sure," said Romney.

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