Making a move to regain momentum and boost his standing in the leadoff nominating state, Tim Pawlenty is launching the first television ad campaign by a presidential candidate in Iowa, his campaign announced Wednesday (see below).
The 30-second advertisement is meant to sell the idea that Pawlenty has the conservative record to back up his rhetoric on the campaign trail, pointing to his two terms as governor of Minnesota.
"In a liberal state, I reduced spending in real terms for the first time, took on the government unions and won, appointed a conservative Supreme Court, and passed healthcare reform the right way – no mandates, no takeovers," Pawlenty says. "If I can do it in Minnesota, we can do it in Washington."
The healthcare point, in particular, is another shot at front-runner Mitt Romney. But it's one again fired on the air, like his criticism of "Obamneycare" made during a Sunday show appearance. In this month's GOP debate, he declined to make the same critique in person to the former Massachusetts governor.