Hatch said he would present himself as a progressive option for Iowans, with a focus on such issues as college affordability and health care access.
“These policies (Branstad) has created have really not focused on the middle class, but on the upper class. It’s enhancing the middle class that this campaign is going to focus on,” Hatch said.
Krause said he decided to exit the race because a competitive primary would be costly, making it harder for the victor to succeed in a general election. He said he plans to run for the U.S. Senate in 2016. Republican Sen. Charles Grassley has said he will seek another term.