Rep. Bruce Braley Makes First Sioux City Campaign Stop

The race for Iowa's open U.S. Senate seat headed to Western Iowa Friday.

Democratic candidate and current Iowa Congressman Bruce Braley stopped in Council Bluffs and here in Sioux City to talk about his plans for 2014.

With Democratic Senator Tom Harkin retiring, the race for his Senate seat is packed contenders.

Republicans have several hopefuls in line, and Democrats are looking to four-term Congressman Braley.

He stopped by a local coffee shop today to talk about his platform and goals for Iowa and Sioux City.

Campaign stops to Sioux City are slowly gaining speed.

Republicans continue their scramble for a candidate, but Democrats have their front runner.

Rep. Braley has received overwhelming endorsements with more than $2 million dollars already raised.

And in July, he sealed the approval of current Iowa Senator Tom Harkin.

"I watched him work in the House. He's very smart, he's got a lot of energy, and I think he's got the right value system. He's got the right family value, Iowa value system," said Sen. Harkin. "I think he'll make a great Senator, I really do. I would be very happy to see him take over for me."

Braley has taken on that mission, now making his first campaign stop here in Sioux City.

Mayor Bob Scott welcomed the candidate with a tour, in the hopes he'll consider Sioux City issues.

"It's important for me to sell the needs of Sioux City to whoever the person is-whoever wins that election- we're going to work with them whether they're Republican or Democrat," said the mayor.

Braley related his small-town roots in Iowa to supporters and the public at the Daily Grind.

He talked about his record of promoting economic growth, through jobs and small business investments.

"Small businesses are the life blood of our economy and so anything we can do to encourage small businesses to start up, to create new jobs, and to sustain jobs for the people who already work in those small business is good for Iowa and for the Siouxlands," said Braley.

The Congressman tells us not only does he plan on bringing Iowa's issues to Washington, he also wants to bring genuine bipartisanship to the Senate so that they can get to work.

Braley still doesn't know who he'll face in the 2014 elections.

No clear leader has yet risen from the pack of Republican hopefuls for the seat.

This will be Iowa's first open senate seat race since 1974.