#HubHighlights Oct 1-7: Fred and Senator Rita Hart Energize Iowans at the Democratic Fall Gala, Receive Endorsement from Former President Obama, and Rallies Voters to Victory Next Month!
Continuing Their “Invest In Iowa’s Education” Tour, Rita Met With Administrators, Teachers, and Students Touting a Vision to Restore Iowa’s Leadership in Education
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Thirty days — that’s all that stands between now and electing Fred Hubbell as Iowa’s next governor!
With so much at stake and the days numbered, this week Fred and Rita didn’t waste a minute, firing up grassroots supporters with their positive vision to move Iowa forward. From our classrooms and care providers, to the success of our smallest towns, Iowans deserve a governor and lieutenant governor who will take action on the issues that matter most. Voters are energized like never before, behind Fred and Rita’s commitment to begin delivering results on Day One and putting Iowans first again.
Rita meets with College Democrats at Simpson College (Top) and Iowa State University (Bottom)
This weekend, Fred and Rita addressed Iowa Democrats at their annual Fall Gala with a message ringing true to Iowans all across the state: Now is the time to knock every door and make every phone call, to elect new leadership that will get Iowa moving in the right direction!
Fred and Rita rally Democrats at the IDP Fall Gala
Also this week, the Hubbell-Hart campaign was honored to earn the endorsement from the leader whose forward-looking vision captured the hearts of millions of Iowans: former President Barack Obama!
“Iowa has a special place in my heart, and I know what it takes to win here. Fred Hubbell has been traveling the state extensively, meeting people in their homes, on their farms, at their businesses – in all 99 counties – sharing his vision to put people first again. As Governor, he will reverse Medicaid privatization, create a first of its kind children’s mental health system, and ensure Iowa becomes a national leader in education again. With his extensive public and private experience, Fred has the skills to deliver on the change that Iowa needs. I ask all Iowans to join me in supporting Fred Hubbell for Governor.” – Former President Barack Obama
On Tuesday, Fred and Rita met with the Des Moines Register editorial board, articulating their vision for ending Reynolds’ failed Medicaid privatization, restoring support for education, and more. Reynolds, in the same vein as canceling her weekly press conferences, has refused to meet with the editorial board, leading the Register to ask: ‘Why is Reynolds hiding from voters?’
In case you didn’t know, early voting begins TOMORROW! Join the thousands of Iowans who will begin casting their ballot for the Hubbell-Hart vision for Iowa.
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Finally, don’t miss some of the exciting coverage of Team Hubbell over the last week:
Iowa State Daily: As election nears, Lt. Governor candidate Sen. Rita Hart visits campus
Nearly 20 students, faculty and community members walked the puddled campus streets to meet Sen. Rita Hart, the Democratic candidate for Iowa Lieutenant Governor.
Iowa State College Democrats hosted Hart, who shared her ideas on political issues Monday evening in 211 East Hall, and listened as the audience did the same.
“In the last 2 years we’ve seen some of the most devastating legislature in Iowa history,” Hart said. “We’ve seen the loss of collective bargaining, school funding and mental health funding, the privatization of medicaid, a restrictive abortion bill and diminishing water quality.”
Creston News Advertiser: Hart stops at SWCC during education tour
Rita Hart, state senator and Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor, made a stop at Southwestern Community College during her “Investing in Iowa’s Education Tour” Monday.
During the stop, Hart met with the college administrators – President Dr. Barb Crittenden, Beth Kulow, dean of student services, and Bill Taylor, vice president of instruction – to highlight the Hubbell-Hart vision to prioritize investment in education.
Iowa Public Radio: Democrat Fred Hubbell calls state budget surplus ‘fiscal mismanagement’
Democratic candidate for governor Fred Hubbell has been critical of the state’s budgeting practices under Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds. Hubbell, a 67-year-old retired businessman, says recent figures from the state revenue estimating conference are an indication of fiscal mismanagement. The $127 million surplus was larger than budget officials expected.
“We shouldn’t have been taking money out of education, out of healthcare, out of public safety, out of the judicial system and then come up with a budget surplus that was a lot bigger than they thought it was and they can’t explain why,” Hubbell said in a wide-ranging interview with Iowa Public Radio.
(WATCH): The Simpsonian: Interview with Lt. Gov. hopeful Sen. Rita Hart
Former President Barack Obama endorsed nine Iowa Democratic candidates Monday, including Fred Hubbell for governor and U.S. House challengers Abby Finkenauer and Cindy Axne.
Obama endorsed the Iowa candidates in a list of Democrats running in the November midterms from 29 states.
Recent polling confirms that Hubbell’s race against Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds is a toss-up. A recent Iowa Poll found 43 percent of likely voters say they support Hubbell, 41 percent say they support Reynolds and 7 percent say they support Libertarian Jake Porter.
Cedar Rapids Gazette: Obama endorses Hubbell, Finkenauer
Former President Barack Obama made a second round of endorsements Monday in Iowa, announcing his support for Fred Hubbell for governor and Abby Finkenauer for Congress.
“Iowa has a special place in my heart, and I know what it takes to win here,” Obama said in endorsing Hubbell in the Democrat’s campaign against GOP Gov. Kim Reynolds. “With his extensive public and private experience, Fred has the skills to deliver on the change that Iowa needs.”
(WATCH) WHO-TV: Obama endorses Fred Hubbell, Rita Hart
From the Omaha World-Herald:
In Iowa, several Democratic candidates received Obama’s backing. Those include gubernatorial candidate Fred Hubbell and Cindy Axne, who is challenging U.S. Rep. David Young to represent Iowa’s 3rd District, which includes parts of western Iowa.
Emmetsburg Reporter: Hubbell hopes to bring business savvy to governor’s office
Hubbell is not a politician, but on his site, he points to examples of his civic involvement. He was instrumental in extricating the state from the state’s film scandal in 2011. Other reports portray his involvement as limited.
Because Hubbell lacks a curricula vitae in politics, on his site he has provided plans for health reform and for improving the environment.
With respect to healthcare, Hubbell is highly critical of Reynolds’ record, particularly with respect to mental health treatment. Hubbell points to studies that show Iowa is last in the nation when it comes to hospital beds despite the fact other states with roughly the same population as Iowa do not have the same problem.
Quad-City Times: Hubbells are a breath of fresh air
I had a chance to hear Fred and Charlotte Hubbell speak at a rally this spring. Before introducing her husband, Charlotte shared some personal history. Then he spoke directly on several issues including restoring Iowa’s standard of education back to the level Iowa has always been known for; women’s right to health care and moving Medicaid back under state control because privatization just isn’t working.
He also stressed the importance of working across the aisle, which everyone would appreciate.
On the funding side of these proposals, he adamantly believes that large corporations need a highly educated workforce more than they need Iowa yearly tax credits payments.