Buttigieg's first TV ad: 'We need real solutions, not more polarization'

Democratic presidential candidate Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegButtigieg's new book, 'Trust,' slated for October release Biden hires top aides for Pennsylvania Democratic lawmakers call for expanding, enshrining LGBTQ rights MORE's first TV ad hits the airwaves in Iowa on Friday, with the South Bend, Ind., mayor calling for "real solutions" and unity.

“To meet these challenges and to defeat this president, we need real solutions, not more polarization,” Buttigieg says in the 30-second ad, first obtained by The Washington Post.

He references climate change, health care and gun issues in the ad.


"Our kids are learning active shooter drills before they learn to read," Buttigieg says in the spot titled "The Only Way."

Buttigieg is prioritizing Iowa in his presidential campaign. Last weekend he announced the opening of 20 offices in 20 days across Iowa.

“Iowa is central,” Buttigieg told CNN in August. “It’s the first chance to really prove everything we’ve been saying about how organized we are about the idea that what we have to say is winning with people across a range of voters and caucusgoers.”

The Iowa caucuses, scheduled for Feb. 3, are the first contest in the presidential primary process.

But as the 2020 contests draw closer, Buttigieg is lagging behind former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden says he will rejoin WHO on his first day in office Tammy Duckworth is the epitome of the American Dream Mexico's president uses US visit to tout ties with Trump MORE, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic Unity Taskforce unveils party platform recommendations Progressive activist Ady Barkan endorses Biden, urges him to pick Warren as VP Congress must act now to fix a Social Security COVID-19 glitch and expand, not cut, benefits MORE, (D-Mass.) and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersTammy Duckworth is the epitome of the American Dream On The Money: Deficit rises to record .7 trillion amid pandemic: CBO | Democrats sidestep budget deal by seeking 0B in emergency spending | House panel advances spending bill with funding boost to IRS Biden-Sanders unity task force calls for Fed, US Postal Service consumer banking MORE (I-Vt.) in the polls.

Updated at 11:24 a.m.