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Presidential hopeful Delaney to air ad targeting Iowa during Super Bowl

Spot will air throughout Iowa, highlight bipartisanship

Democratic presidential hopeful U.S. Rep. John Delaney answers voters’ questions during an Oct. 14 visit to Karma Coffee Cafe in Hiawatha. The U.S. representative from Maryland has bought a 30-second ad during the Super Bowl on Sunday that will air in Iowa markets. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
Democratic presidential hopeful U.S. Rep. John Delaney answers voters’ questions during an Oct. 14 visit to Karma Coffee Cafe in Hiawatha. The U.S. representative from Maryland has bought a 30-second ad during the Super Bowl on Sunday that will air in Iowa markets. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

Democratic 2020 presidential hopeful John Delaney has already been to Iowa five times.

Now, he’s hitting the airwaves.

The U.S. representative from Maryland is going to run a 30-second ad on Iowa televisions stations Sunday during the Super Bowl. The spot will run in the Davenport, Cedar Rapids, Des Moines and Sioux City television markets.

The spot is part of a $1 million monthlong ad buy, according to his campaign.

An ad purchase this early, and in this amount, is at the least unusual for Iowa, which hosts the first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses.

Delaney, a wealthy businessman who was elected to Congress in 2012, announced last summer he would run for president, saying the country suffered from “excessive partisanship.”

So far, he is the only Democrat to have formally announced a 2020 campaign.

The new TV ad is aimed at promoting Delaney’s commitment to bipartisanship, saying that it’s a “dirty word” in Washington, D.C., but a popular idea in Iowa.

The Delaney campaign says the congressman ranks sixth among House Democrats and ninth of all congressman for having Republican co-sponsors for his legislation.

Delaney is scheduled to make his sixth trip to Iowa over the weekend.

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