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Iowa Gives Over All Commercial Spots To Presidential Ads [VIDEOS]

Iowa Gives Over All Commercial Spots To Presidential Ads [VIDEOS]

No, sadly, I don’t have any new Ron Paul ads yet.  But with early voting states starting their contests in less than three weeks, the ads are coming out fast and furious.

Newt Gingrich is continuing his “positive campaign” by reminding Iowa voters that other candidates aren’t doing the same in a new ad demanding solutions.

One of the candidates subtly being accused of attacks — Mitt Romney. But in Romney’s defense, it’s not him doing it, but his PAC. At least when it comes to television advertising, that is.

But Rick Perry isn’t one to be left out of the fray. He’s got a new Iowa ad out as well, and it attacks both front runners.

Meanwhile, Romney’s actual campaign has released a policy commercial focusing on the idea of not funding government programs at the expense of our children.

Finally, Rick Santorum’s superPAC has bought him some air time, too, and is showing a very…well…targeted “getting to know you” add meant to appeal to a very specific wing of the party.

With all of these ads running in Iowa at once, you have to wonder if they are seeing anything other than political commercials.

 

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7:45AM PST on Dec 18, 2011

We real people in Iowa are making heavy use of our DVRs now, so we can fast-forward through all this annoying hype. But we also are paying close attention to actual events and candidate speeches here (versus the advertising). I'm fairly new to the state, but I find that Iowans are very conscientious about choosing who to vote for: They turn out for candidate speeches and events, whether it's an early breakfast or an evening "town hall". They review these people's voting records, financial sources, and characters fairly carefully. Then they turn out on freezing cold nights to their caucuses to vote.

To answer a couple of commenters here, it really is important to have an early small-state primary or caucus go first. This way, good candidates who haven't got a huge war chest have a decent chance of being noticed and coming to the foreground, gaining support as they earn the respect of actual voters. If we went to a national one-day primary, only the greedy billionaires and their hirelings would have any chance of winning the Presidency. And kiss democracy goodbye.

8:29AM PST on Dec 17, 2011

Worry even MORE about how you put in congress!!!!!

1:47AM PST on Dec 17, 2011

obama 2012,enough of the republicains strubbling

7:30PM PST on Dec 16, 2011

Poor Iowa. Hang on - this too shall pass....

6:50PM PST on Dec 16, 2011

The best thing is to do some research on each candidate and see what they've actually done in the past and that should be a clue as to what they'll do in the future....no matter what they say now. They could have the best interest for the country at heart, but have to lie and pander to the righties just to get the nomination, then do what they originally would have wanted to campaigned on in the first place. Yes, it's a shame that it's come to this, but you have to admit that if a Republican actually got up there and said he wanted to help the poor and middle class, raise taxes on the 1%, try to get Citizens United reversed, repeal DOMA, and make sure the security nets weren't done away with, he would NEVER got the nomination. Hell, 90% of the Republicans on this site wouldn't vote for him. I'm not saying there is such a Republican, but maybe this is why some are forced to flip flop so much. This is what the teabaggers have done to that party....

6:10PM PST on Dec 16, 2011

Rosalind R.
6:42am PST on Dec 16, 2011
I've got my KINDLE ready to do a whole lot of reading in 2012.
Thank God I don't live in Iowa. I wish we could have a policy of NO campaigning until 4 months before the National elections.

You would prefer to have your candidates picked by the media through selective coverage leading up to the primaries while preventing the from speaking for themselves? What makes you think that they (the media) would be any different from any other agents of corporate influence?

6:07PM PST on Dec 16, 2011

I would like to see one national primary election day. That would eliminate a great deal of time spent and a significant amount of money spent, would prevent smaller states from being marginalized, and would make my vote count for something since someone generally has the requisite number of votes to have already won the primary before the Indiana primary. Having a choice would be nice.

4:32PM PST on Dec 16, 2011

Are these adds run on Rupert's stations?

2:40PM PST on Dec 16, 2011

RON PAUL!!!! 2012

1:45PM PST on Dec 16, 2011

All of these ads are a waste of time and money. And they are not even humorous. If I have to be subjected to that stuff, I at least want to laugh.

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