Castro places $50,000 ad in Iowa as campaign downsizes


Former San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro has placed a $50,000 ad in Iowa, the latest attempt by the now lone Texas candidate in the presidential race to boost his poll numbers.

“He’ll never understand what makes this country great, what makes a story like yours and mine possible,” Castro said of Trump in the 30-second ad. “This country belongs to all of us, and we will beat Trump when all of us believe that again.”

Castro’s media buy comes amid a report by Politico that said the Castro campaign plans to fire staff in New Hampshire and South Carolina in order to focus on states like Nevada and Iowa– two early voting states the Castro campaign believes it can perform well enough in to receive two DNC-approved polls of 5 percent in order to qualify for the November debate.

As of Tuesday, Castro has received no polls that would bring him closer to qualifying for the upcoming debate on Nov. 20. The latest aggregate of national polls shows Castro below 1 percent among the Democratic candidates.

“The truth is, for our campaign, these debates have offered our only guaranteed opportunity to share my vision with the American people,” Castro said in an email to supporters last month. “If I can’t make the next debate stage, we cannot sustain a campaign that can make it to Iowa in February.”

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