Rolling up in her late husband’s 1978 Chevrolet Nova, Senate Democratic candidate Theresa Greenfield said COVID-19 will be “one of the most consequential times” in her life and announced her policy priorities to help Iowans deal with the health and financial burdens of the pandemic.
Greenfield held a press conference outside of the IBEW Local 347 office in Des Moines on Tuesday, just a day after her first-televised debate with Republican Sen. Joni Ernst.
Iowa Senate Democratic challenger @GreenfieldIowa rolled up to a Des Moines union in her Chevy Nova on Tuesday and shared her personal story behind her car. https://t.co/abEFgIIIsp pic.twitter.com/rjdtLnMg0l
— Iowa Capital Dispatch (@IowaCapDispatch) September 30, 2020
The car, “which has never been driven in the snow,” belonged to her late husband Rod, who worked as a union lineman and died on the job.
“This is Rod’s car,” “Sometimes when I take it out for a drive, I remember my tough times but I remember all the help I’ve had.”
Greenfield said she supports the federal government providing another round of $1,200 stimulus checks for individuals and extending the weekly $600 unemployment benefits that expired over the summer.
House Democrats unveiled a $2.2 trillion stimulus package on Monday that includes more direct aid.
“Iowans are going through really tough times,” Greenfield said. “There’s a pandemic. Global health crisis. Economic crisis. There’s a derecho. Brutal storm that really provided a lot of devastation in both rural and urban communities.”
Greenfield’s plan also focuses on expanding COVID-19 mitigation, improving sick leave for workers and providing another round of direct aid both to individuals and to local municipalities.
Though she supports a “statewide” mask mandate in Iowa, she did not go as far as saying she supported a federal mandate.
“We have to have protections to keep Iowans safe, like expanding access to COVID testing, investing in contact tracing and a statewide mask mandate,” Greenfield said.
During the debate Monday night, Ernst said the priorities Greenfield supports, such as supplying more personal protection equipment to workers, have already been addressed in the CARES Act. Ernst said she does not support a federal mask mandate.