South Bend mayor and 2020 Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg released his first TV ad for the Iowa caucuses.
The ad shows some biographical information about Buttigieg, including one of those famous pictures of him in uniform with a gun, as he talks about divisiveness in the voiceover.
“Today’s divided America, we’re at each other’s throats,” Buttigieg says.
While not diving deep into any issue, the ad cites three issues motivating his campaign: climate change, health care accessibility, and school shootings.
“Our rivers and oceans are rising. Health care costs are soaring, and our kids are learning active shooter drills before they learn to read,” he says. “To meet these challenges and to defeat this president, we need real solutions, not more polarization.”
Politico reports that Buttigieg’s campaign has reserved $210,000 in Iowa TV ad space over the next week and a half and that the campaign has opened 20 field offices in the first primary state.
According to RealClearPolitics, Buttigieg is averaging 4.4% support in national polls, behind former Vice President Joe Biden (D) and Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Kamala Harris (D-CA).