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Ad Watch: New Romney and Paul Ads In Iowa

DES MOINES, IOWA -- It's a rainy day here in Iowa's capital city, which gives Hawkeye State residents a great excuse to sit at home and watch TV. If they do, they may see these new ads, out just in time for Saturday's GOP straw poll.

Mitt Romney's ninth campaign ad, called "Change Begins," is all about Iowa: He's encouraging Republicans to head to Ames on Saturday. The Romney campaign is paying entry fees, transportation, and food costs for supporters willing to vote on Saturday, and the ad flashes a toll-free phone number they can call in order to participate. The former governor talks up his fiscal conservatism, and plan to better protect the nation's borders, and closes by asking Iowans to support his campaign, because, "After all, chance in America always starts in Iowa."

Ron Paul's first ad also plays up his fiscal conservatism, highlighting the fact that he refuses his Congressional pension, votes against Congressional pay raises, and has never voted to increase taxes.

There's a bit of irony in the Romney and Paul ads hitting the airwaves at the same time. Des Moines Register columnist John Carlson writes today he's heard that Paul supporters are phoning the Romney campaign asking for a ticket and bus ride to the Straw Poll. We'll see if the Texas Congressman's strategy works.

By Ed O'Keefe |  August 8, 2007; 4:23 PM ET Mitt Romney , Ron Paul
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