Former state economic development official Fred Hubbell (D) released two ads as part of a statewide digital and TV ad buy.
In the 30-second ad "Put People First," Hubbell describes his plan for Iowa: “I want to see an Iowa where government is committed to supporting people. Giving people the education they need, the job training they need. So we can attract higher quality jobs."
He also discusses wanting to provide Iowans with quality health care.
In the 60-second ad, Hubbell tells the story of when he and his wife were taken hostage during the 1981 hijacking of a Pakistan International Airlines flight. He describes seeing the hijackers kill one of the hostages right in front of them and choked up with tears talking about his parents traveling to Germany unsure if they were picking up a casket or their son and daughter-in-law safe and sound.
Hubbell: "I decided I got to make something of myself. It reinforced our desire, both of us, I think to really want to do something constructive with our lives."
TARIFFS. Hubbell suggested Wednesday that Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) should speak out more against President Trump’s tariffs, which have "led other nations to retaliate in kind, causing crop and livestock prices to decline sharply. Pork and soybean, two of Iowa’s top exports, have been particularly impacted.”
Hubbell: “We need to step up and defend farmers and defend Iowans, not defend the president Our governor, whoever the governor is, is elected to represent Iowans. And I think the governor should be doing a lot more to be making it clear how harmful this is in our state.”
Reynolds: “Nobody wins in a trade war, and the administration knows where we stand. Our farmers know I am fighting for them because of where I come from and what I have done. Unlike my opponent, I take action.” (Cedar Rapids Gazette)