“Whether it’s her own story or distorting facts about my story, one thing is clear: Governor Reynolds is running a campaign about yesterday,” Fred Hubbell told Iowa Democratic Party state convention delegates on June 16. “We’re running a campaign about tomorrow. We are running to get Iowa growing the right way.”
Hubbell’s first speech to a large crowd since his decisive victory in the high-turnout June 5 primary served several purposes:
• Preview the main themes of his general election campaign;
• Reassure Democratic activists (many of whom had been strongly committed to other candidates) that he shares their values and goals;
• Address and reframe early attacks from Governor Kim Reynolds; and
• Introduce his running mate State Senator Rita Hart, who’s not well-known outside Clinton and Scott counties.
For those who weren’t able to attend the convention, I enclose below audio and full transcripts of the speeches by Hubbell and Hart.