Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpCorker: US must determine responsibility in Saudi journalist's death Five takeaways from testy Heller-Rosen debate in Nevada Dem senator calls for US action after 'preposterous' Saudi explanation MORE on Sunday alluded to his vice presidential deliberations with Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst, revealing that she told the GOP nominee that she had wanted "more seasoning" before jumping into the presidential race. 

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Trump introduced Ernst along with the rest of Iowa's top Republican public servants at an afternoon rally in Sioux City, one of five events he had scheduled for the final Sunday of the campaign. 

In introducing Ernst, Trump used a tid-bit from when he was considering her as a potential running mate.

This is “a woman who I got to know because, as you know, she was on a very short list. And she loves the people of Iowa, and she felt she needed a little — it wasn't me — she felt she needed a little more seasoning, really," Trump said of the first term senator. 

"She is now seasoned, because there is nobody who does a better job representing their people,” he added. 

Ernst was part of the small group that Trump entertained as part of his vice presidential search. He met with the Iowa senator over the July Fourth weekend at his golf course in New Jersey, according to the New York Times. 

Tennessee Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerCorker: US must determine responsibility in Saudi journalist's death Dem senator calls for US action after 'preposterous' Saudi explanation Schumer: Fight for Senate is 'neck and neck' MORE, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Indiana Gov. Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceThe Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Trump, Obama head to swing states with Senate majority in balance The Fed really is ‘crazy’ for undercutting Trump recovery Hillicon Valley: Russia-linked hackers hit Eastern European companies | Twitter shares data on influence campaigns | Dems blast Trump over China interference claims | Saudi crisis tests Silicon Valley | Apple to let customers download their data MORE and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich all met with Trump as he weighed his choice, before deciding on Pence. 

Ernst, a veteran, is considered a rising star in the GOP ranks. She defeated Iowa Democratic Rep. Bruce BraleyBruce Lowell BraleyOPINION | Tax reform, not Trump-McConnell feuds, will make 2018 a win for GOP Ten years later, House Dems reunite and look forward Trump: Ernst wanted 'more seasoning' before entertaining VP offer MORE for the open Senate seat in 2014 in one of the tightest races of that year.

Correct the Record, a Democratic group focused on attacking the GOP nominee, released a video clip of the moment shortly after Trump’s rally wrapped up, saying Trump “admitted” that Ernst “turned down the spot.”