Openly gay 2020 presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg has released his first television ad for the Iowa caucuses.
In the ad, Buttigieg starts with his career in the military and as mayor of South Bend, Indiana and continues by pointing out that America is divided.
“Today’s divided America, we’re at each other’s throats,” Buttigieg says.
While not diving too deep, 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 Buttigieg’s campaign has reserved $210,000 in Iowa TV ad space over the next week-and-a-half and has opened 20 field offices in the first primary state.
RealClearPolitics reports Buttigieg is averaging 4.4 percent support in national polls, behind former Vice President Joe Biden, and Senators Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris.