With just two months left before the Iowa caucuses, the leading Democratic presidential candidates have switched their operations into high gear in Iowa.
The candidates running first and second in Iowa, Illinois Sen. Paul Simon and Massachusetts Gov. Michael S. Dukakis, have started to run television commercials there for the first time.
Except for a very early, and many believe poorly timed, media blitz by former Arizona Gov. Bruce Babbitt last spring, the Simon and Dukakis commercials, which began running in November, are the first Democratic campaign ads to air in Iowa.
Dukakis has spent $75,000 on air time for his ads, which emphasize his role in turning around the Massachusetts economy. The Simon campaign, meanwhile, spent $100,000 to air a mini-profile of their man.