IOWA CITY (KWWL) -
Dave Loebsack is serving his fourth term in Congress and is hoping to be re-elected Nov. 4.
He grew up the son of a single mother, poor, and wants to help others in similar situations succeed.
"It's all about the middle class and making sure that we protect the middle class and do everything we can for those like me when I was growing up, who've never been in the middle class, have the opportunity to get there," said Loebsack, a Democrat.
Loebsack says if he's re-elected, he'll work to see several tax credits extended -- like ones for wind energy production, solar energy, bio-diesel, and the renewable fuel standard. He believes that will help bring jobs to Iowa, and he does have experience getting bills passed.
"One thing I did do this summer is I got my jobs bill through, my sectors bill," said Loebsack. "I worked with the other side of the aisle to make sure we got that through."
But Loebsack's campaign hasn't solely been focused on his record -- he's approved attack ads.
"There are big differences between us on the issues," said Loebsack, when asked why he felt the need for the ads.
This is the third time Loebsack and Mariannette Miller-Meeks have battled on the ballot and this time around, there's been a lot of money coming from national campaign committees.
"It's pretty unusual to have that much, a million dollars, coming in against me," said Loebsack. "I haven't had that much."
Democrats are also spending, and Loebsack hopes his record will get him re-elected.