#HubHighlights Oct 8-14: Energetic Democrats Cast Their Ballots For the Hubbell-Hart Vision as Early Voting Begins, Fred Presents His Positive Vision of Change at the First Gubernatorial Debate
Activating Grassroots Energy and Enthusiasm, Fred and Rita Fire Up Supporters at Early Vote Rallies and Canvass Launches Across Iowa
In First Gubernatorial Debate, Fred Highlights His Positive Vision to Expand Investments in Health Care and Education To Get Iowa Growing The Right Way, And Bring Needed Change To The State
This week, the energy and momentum behind Team Hubbell continued to swell. With less than a month to go until Election Day, thousands of excited Iowans headed to the polls with the start of early voting to cast their ballots for the Hubbell-Hart vision for Iowa!
Fred rallies and marches with supporters in Des Moines on the first day of Early Voting
Fred and Rita started their weeks with packed early vote rallies — demonstrating the excitement from Iowans across the state to elect a new governor and lieutenant governor who will bring needed change on the issues that matter most.
If you haven’t voted already, Find your early vote location here: www.VoteForIowa.com
Fred shares his vision for Iowa at the first of three gubernatorial debates
On Wednesday, Fred participated in the first of three gubernatorial debates. Fred articulated his commitment to restore investments in health care, education, and bringing back sound fiscal management to the state. While Governor Reynolds hid from her record and refused to acknowledge the overwhelming failures of her disastrous Medicaid privatization and gutting of services that Iowans depend on, Fred laid out his clear vision to bring needed change.
Rita rallies supporters at a canvass launch in Story County
Rita spent her weekend launching canvasses in field offices around Iowa filled with energetic volunteers, ready to work hard to elect Democrats.
Heading into the last 23 days until the election, Fred and Rita — and fired up Iowans across the state — are more energized than ever to fight for an Iowa that will put people first.
Read some of the Hubbell-Hart Headlines from the big week out on the campaign trail!
The Washington Post: The 10 governor’s seats most likely to flip parties in November
- Iowa (Republican-held. No previous ranking): Both sides say this is a real race. Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) was elevated to the job last year after Terry Branstad was appointed ambassador to China, so she doesn’t quite have the power of incumbency. Trump’s tariff war with China doesn’t seem to be playing well with Iowa farmers, either, as some operatives say his popularity in the state has slipped dramatically. Two public polls in September put Democrat Fred Hubbell, a wealthy businessman, with a slight edge or within the margin of error.
Iowa Starting Line: Democrats dominate first day of early voting in Iowa
Democrats in Iowa leapt at their first chance to cast a ballot in the 2018 election yesterday, far outpacing the number of Republicans who did the same.
The Secretary of State’s office reported this morning that 7,870 votes are already in the bank from the first day and a half of early voting. Of those, 4,421 came from registered Democrats, 2,403 from registered Republicans and 1,008 from registered No Party voters.
A group of Democrats with banners, American flags and umbrellas gathered in downtown Des Moines and marched to the Polk County Courthouse to vote this morning, the first day “early” voting is allowed in the state.
Fred Hubbell, the Democratic candidate for governor, climbed on a ledge on the side of a building and addressed the group.
“Thank you for coming out today. Thank you for being excited to vote for Democrats and let’s go win this election by starting to vote,” Hubbell said and the crowd cheered.
Times Republican: Hubbell rouses Dems in Marshalltown
The retired businessman stopped by the Marshall County Democrats’ Main Street headquarters Monday afternoon to talk about his platform and encourage early voting.
“If you haven’t already done your absentee ballot request, we encourage you to get out and vote today because now we’ve got 29 days … to get people to show up and vote,” Hubbell told a small crowd packed into a headquarters meeting room.
He described his race against Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds as a “dead heat,” and polls conducted by the Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa, RealClearPolitics and others confirm that description.
Hubbell emphasized the get out the vote effort as a way to win the governorship for Democrats for the first time this decade.
“The winner is going to be the group that gets the most people to turn out and vote,” he said.
On the second Sunday of September, Fred Hubbell was among more than 60,000 people who walked onto the Clay County Fairgrounds in Spencer. As Hubbell stopped for a pork chop at the Pork Producers’ stand, Linda and Tim Hemphill of Milford told Hubbell he looks younger than he appears on TV.
The candidate introduced himself to others passing by.
“Fred Hubbell,” he said, shaking hands with a couple walking behind a baby stroller.
“I know, I recognize you,” the woman said. A few seconds later she put a Hubbell sticker on her shirt.
Q: I appreciate you taking the time to do this with us. My first question to you, and I know you can go about a number of topics, but I want you to do narrow it down to one. What is the single biggest issue facing the state of Iowa right now?
A: I think the biggest thing in our state right now is the accessibility and the affordability of healthcare. It is just deteriorating across all of our state, particularly in rural Iowa. People can’t get the healthcare they need and they are having to pay way too much.
Q: How do you fix that?
A: We need to stop the privatization of Medicaid, bring it back under state control. We need to finally put some leadership and funding into the mental health crisis, substance abuse crisis in our state, we need to restore the funding to Planned Parenthood and we need to fix our water quality issues in our state. Those are healthcare issues.
(Watch) Twitter: Fred Hubbell’s opening statement at the first gubernatorial debate
Hubbell, however, cited recent reports indicating 40 percent of working Iowa residents can’t pay for basic food and shelter needs, an indication that the economy isn’t improving for everyone.
Another disagreement came with Hubbell’s criticism of Reynolds’ continuation of a privatized Medicaid program that has resulted in providers not getting paid and complaints that residents are getting inadequate care that’s hurting Iowa’s most vulnerable citizens.
“All I hear is it’s working fine, and we don’t need to make any changes,” he said.
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds and Democratic challenger Fred Hubbell have finished their first debate, which gave voters a chance to compare the candidates weeks before the November election.
They are both fifth-generation Iowans fighting for the future of their state. “I’m running for governor to change its direction by putting people first,” said Fred Hubbell, (D) Candidate for Governor.
Iowa Starting Line: The most telling 10 seconds of the first governor’s debate
The first debate between Governor Kim Reynolds and Fred Hubbell was a contrast in styles: a combative and engaged incumbent and a poised, collected challenger. There were no knock-out blows and few major missteps, but one odd response from Reynolds may linger throughout the campaign.
That moment came about 45 minutes into the debate, when a moderator asked the governor who in her party she disagrees with the most. For a full ten seconds, Reynolds went quiet, put her head down and went deep into thought. It felt like even longer to those watching in the debate hall.
Hubbell hammered Reynolds over the state’s privatization of its $5 billion Medicaid program. He has joined critics who say private Medicaid management companies have cut crucial services to thousands of disabled Iowans without saving the state money, as promised.
“Why are we doing this to our most vulnerable citizens in our state?” he said. “I want to put the state back in control. I want to get new people leading our Medicaid privatization effort who have the experience to make the right decision to make sure we focus on the quality and outcome for the different people on Medicaid while focusing on cost control at the same time.
Hubbell criticizes her legislative record, which he argues includes stripping state workers of collective bargaining rights, underfunding education while approving wasteful tax giveaways and continuing a privatized Medicaid program.
The Daily Iowan: Iowa gubernatorial candidates spar over state budget, Medicaid
“We can talk all day long about education being so important,” he said during the debate, adding that he would put more funding toward schools governed by the state Board of Regents.
“I’m afraid we are going to see massive budget cuts and more money out of health care, education, and infrastructure,” Hubbell said.
But at the end of Wednesday’s first debate between the two candidates for Iowa governor, Hubbell shared a deeply personal story of an event that he says reshaped the course of his life.
In 1981, he and his wife Charlotte were taken hostage aboard a commercial airliner while taking a round-the-world leisure trip. It’s an ordeal he rarely speaks about in public.
On the debate stage Wednesday, he pointed to the hijacking as the root of his political aspirations.
“I’m here because 30 years ago my wife and I had a life-changing experience. We were on an airplane. It got hijacked,” he said. “We had guns pointed at us every day and our lives were threatened every day. I sat on that plane for 13 days, my wife was on there for six days. Those last seven days all I did was sit there and think about what could I do differently if I got a second chance. I prayed about it. I thought about it. … Every morning I wake up with that memory.”
In his closing statement, Hubbell said: “She promises more of the same and I promise to bring change.”
Private management of the state’s Medicaid program was the major flash point of the evening. Hubbell has pledged to start unraveling the managed care contracts Reynolds has signed if he’s elected governor.
“The costs are out of control,” Hubbell said. “We now find out that the per-member cost of Medicaid is rising faster now than it did before privatized Medicaid.”
The Gazette: Medicaid, taxes dominate first Iowa governor debate
During the debate, Hubbell said she has not made sufficient changes.
“It is not working, and it is in fact getting worse. So we need to do something much different,” said Hubbell, who throughout the debate told stories of Iowans who have had issues with the Medicaid program. He then said to Reynolds, “You’re promising more of the same.”
Reynolds said “the bulk” of Medicaid patients are getting the services they need and acknowledged improvements could be made.
Bleeding Heartland: IA-Gov: Five takeaways from the first Hubbell-Reynolds debate
Understandably, Hubbell brought up Medicaid privatization. More than a fifth of the state’s population is enrolled in the program, and more than half of likely Iowa voters think Reynolds’ handling of the issue is a big problem, according to the latest Selzer poll for the Des Moines Register. At various points in the debate, Hubbell drove home damning facts: per member costs have increased under managed care. The Reynolds administration can’t back up its math on Medicaid costs and keeps changing the numbers released to the public.
But when asking his question, instead of citing specific bad outcomes and asking the governor why she ignores hard truths, Hubbell focused on a few campaign contributions Reynolds has received from managed-care organizations. Would she pledge to stop accepting campaign contributions from the insurance companies that run Medicaid?
The ad, funded by the Reynolds campaign, also makes a specific claim about how much those purported tax increases could cost local families.
Still, he said he plans to reduce state tax burdens on lower and middle earners, particularly the nearly 40 percent of Iowans who struggle to afford the basic costs of living. In an Oct. 2 meeting with the Des Moines Register editorial board, he said any tax cuts should come only after the state increases funding for education, healthcare and infrastructure. Then, tax cuts should focus on the middle class, he said.
Still, the candidate did speak of rolling back “all the tax cuts” on his Iowa Press appearance in June, because of his concerns that the state could not afford the associated loss of revenue. We find Reynolds’ claim to be partly untrue.
Des Moines Register: Trump claims that Democrats would ‘end ethanol.’ In Iowa, his claim is false.
Democratic candidate for Iowa governor Fred Hubbell, whom Trump specifically highlighted as a potential ethanol-killer, said the president’s claim is demonstratively false.
Hubbell said Tuesday he’s long supported ethanol and the year-round sale of E15.
Most gas sold in the U.S. is 10 percent ethanol. The administration’s plan would make E15 available during summer months.
“Increasing demand for ethanol by opening the summer window for E15 would help Iowa’s corn producers, agricultural economy and make cleaner air,” Hubbell said.
Emmetsburg Reporter: Why I Support Fred Hubbell
This year Gov. Reynolds and Republicans in the legislature had a decision to make on a self-caused budget shortfall, and their solution was clear: keep funding wasteful corporate giveaways, and cut funding for Regent universities, community colleges, and continue to underfund Iowa’s public education system.
Our state needs a new governor who will lift up our education institutions with the support and funding they need to educate, prepare, and train our state’s future leaders.
That’s why I’m supporting Fred Hubbell’s campaign for governor. Simply put, Fred puts Iowa’s budget where his priorities are. His top priority is restoring Iowa’s education leadership, and his wholehearted support for Iowa’s classrooms are exactly what this state needs to build a future we can be proud of.
If Iowans want more years of income and economic stagnation, if they want teachers to pay out of pocket for classroom supplies, if they want their children strapped with tens of thousands of dollars in student debt, then vote for someone else. But if that’s not what you want — and you want Iowa schools to once-again be to places of world-class learning and molders of success — then vote Fred Hubbell on November 6.
Globe-Gazette: Letter: Putting people above profits
I know there are North Iowans like me who are either on our Medicaid program or know people who are. We know how important it is for Iowans of little income or who are severely disabled to get the medical care and treatment they need and still be able to enjoy some quality of life. We cannot continue to “experiment” and fail with such an essential program that is desperately needed by over half a million Iowans.
Gov. Reynolds, who appears to dish out happy talk like “It will get better tomorrow,” recently hired a subsidiary, Iowa Total Care, of Centene, a huge Missouri company that has paid over $23 million in penalties in over 12 states, to replace AmeriHealth Caritas.
Fred Hubbell says he will return our failing Medicaid program to a state-run program like Connecticut did for its people. Fred knows how to strengthen any weaknesses in the old program and make it better. As a caring sensitive and sensible businessman, Fred Hubbell knows it is wise not to continually put profit above people.
Ames Tribune: Letter: Things aren’t so great in Iowa right now
I watched the Hubbell/Reynolds debate on Wednesday night. It made me think.
Gov. Kim Reynolds kept bringing up how things are just great in Iowa. Fred Hubbell spoke to the need for change. I agree with Fred Hubbell and here’s a reason why, illuminated by some data from the United Way’s ALICE study.
While Iowa’s overall economic climate has improved since 2010, the number of Iowa households that can’t meet basic needs climbed to 37 percent of all Iowa households (2016, latest available data).
Only in some alternate universe can things be going great when almost four out of every 10 Iowa households can’t make ends meet. Anyone who thinks that is OK is seriously lacking in basic empathy towards their fellow human beings. That’s our current governor.
Yes, it’s time for change.