There now officially is a Democratic primary race for governor in Iowa.
Flanked by a number of Des Moines community leaders, State Senator Jack Hatch formally entered the gubernatorial race today at a news conference.
Hatch said he wants to be governor so that he can help grow the middle class, "I will keep fighting the big guy on behalf of the little guy everywhere, anywhere, all the time. That's why I am in public service. That is my responsibility."
Hatch's official entry into the governor's race means he'll have a primary with State Representative Tyler Olson of Cedar Rapids. Hatch dismissed age comparisons with Olson, who is in his thirties while Hatch is over 50. When asked to compare himself with Olson, Hatch declined, saying he's only running against incumbent Republican Governor Terry Branstad.