This week the One Country Project, founded by former U.S. Senators Heidi Heitkamp and Joe Donnelly, launched the start of a billboard and social media campaign targeting state fairs in 11 states: Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Texas, and Wisconsin. The message in each state will focus on both state-specific and national failings by President Trump for rural communities.
“President Trump is too busy waging a misguided trade war with China and tweeting divisive messages to focus on supporting family farms and rural communities,” said One Country Project founding board member Heidi Heitkamp. “While Trump tweets, rural America is suffering: hospitals are closing, family farms that have existed for decades are considering closing their doors, and the stock market is cratering while farm debt has hit a decades high. As our billboards say, Mr. President, stop tweeting and start leading.”
The campaign will run through late October. Below is the copy for each ad:
Alabama: Without Medicaid expansion, 13 Alabama hospitals have closed. Vote like your health care depends on it. [Source]
Arizona: Kids in rural Arizona get 26% less school funding than the national average. Mr. President, stop tweeting and start leading. [Source]
Colorado: American farm debt has hit a 39-year high. Vote like your farm depends on it. AND While Trump tweets, American farm debt has hit a 39-year high. Mr. President, put down your phone and help Colorado farmers and ranchers survive! [Source]
Indiana: Vote like your farm depends on it.
Michigan: One in four rural hospitals in Michigan is at high risk of closing. Mr. President, stop tweeting and start leading. [Source]
New Hampshire: In New Hampshire and across the country, farm debt has hit a 39 year high. Mr. President, stop tweeting and start leading. [Source]
South Carolina: In South Carolina and across the country, farm debt has hit a 39 year high. Mr. President, stop tweeting and start leading. [Source]
Texas: In the past decade, 17 rural hospitals have closed in Texas. Mr. President, stop tweeting and start leading. [Source]
Wisconsin: Wisconsin lost 758 dairy farms in the past year. Vote like your farm depends on it. [Source]
About One Country Project
The One Country Project is working to promote greater opportunities for rural communities and ensure leaders earn support from rural Americans. One Country is reengaging with the American Heartland, serving as a clearinghouse of research and information for rural Americans, and working to ensure leaders regain trust by fighting for these communities.