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Romney Super PAC Launches Big Iowa Ad Buy

Romney Super PAC Launches Big Iowa Ad Buy

By Caitlin Huey-Burns - December 8, 2011


A super PAC backing Mitt Romney is hitting the airwaves in Iowa Thursday with a reported $3.1 million ad buy. The whopping purchase comes about a month before the Hawkeye State's caucuses.

The 30-second television ad by the Restore Our Future PAC dings President Obama's job-creating credentials as a candidate in 2008. "How many jobs did Barack Obama create as a community organizer? As a law professor? Maybe now you see the problem," the ad's narrator says as "zero" flashes across the screen. The spot then pivots to Romney, promoting his record as a chief executive, director of the Olympic Games and as governor of a state facing budget deficits. Politico first reported news of the buy.

The super PAC is prohibited from coordinating with the Romney campaign but can raise and spend unlimited amounts of money. The organization promoting Romney has been quiet this cycle, but the major buy signals it is stepping up its game as the Iowa clock ticks down and as rival Newt Gingrich has surged ahead of Romney in polls.

The ad takes aim at Obama and refrains from going after Romney's GOP rivals. But the candidate's campaign acknowledged Gingrich's rise in Iowa, and on Thursday two surrogates held a conference call with reporters to attack the former House speaker's record and recent comments. The Romney camp released its own ad on Wednesday, portraying the former governor as a dedicated family man.

Caitlin Huey-Burns is a congressional reporter for RealClearPolitics. She can be reached at chueyburns@realclearpolitics.com. Follow her on Twitter @CHueyBurnsRCP.

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