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Romney No Fan of Iranian Visitor

Forget about Fred Thompson's "Law & Order" history. It's Mitt Romney's campaign ads which are ripped from the headlines.

The former Massachusetts governor today continued his aggressive media strategy with a 60-second radio ad blasting the United Nation's invitation of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to speak in New York.

"What we should be doing is indicting Ahmadinejad under the Genocide Convention," Romney says in the spot, which is being run in Iowa, South Carolina and Florida.

In the ad, an announcer recounts a 2006 visit to Harvard University by former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami. The ad says Romney refused to provide Khatami "VIP treatment."

"Governor Romney called the invitation a 'disgrace' and refused to grant Khatami a police escort," the announcer says. "Now another Iranian President is visiting America, coming to New York, and Governor Mitt Romney is leading the opposition."

The ad is the latest example of Romney's media strategy: to flood the airwaves early and to seize on news events to rally his conservative base voters. Earlier this month, he aired a radio ad using an Iowa judge's ruling that gay couples can marry to highlight his own opposition.

Both ads are further proof that Romney, a multimillionaire, is not worried about money as he attempts to best a crowded field of candidates for the Republican nomination.

Romney has so far proved to be a prodigious fundraiser, but he's also shown himself to be willing to supplement his campaign's finances with personal cash. So far, he's contributed about $9 million to the race.

--Michael D. Shear

By Washington Post editors  |  September 24, 2007; 12:14 PM ET
 
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