Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) could be a model for other Democratic members who sit in relatively conservative districts.
He made jobs the focus of his reelection announcement Wednesday but didn't shy away from talking about healthcare reform.
Braley co-chairs the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's support program for challengers.
During a visit to Davenport, Braley met with small business leaders at Tri-City Electric where he touted the the New Era Act, which he said "has created opportunities for the next generation of researchers and technicians in biofuels."
In Waterloo, he said the healthcare bill will have a "positive" impact. "I think when people start to fully understand the impact it's going to have on their lives in a positive way, they are going to realize what an important achievement it was," he said.
The two-term member recently told the Ballot Box that there's no single issue that Democrats should run on this cycle. "When I [first] ran, I wasn't a one-issue, one-dimensional candidate," he said.
Braley doesn't face a primary opponent. Four Republicans are vying to challenge him in the general.