Ad Watch: Romney's 'Leadership' and Lakeside Jog
The 11th campaign ad of Mitt Romney's presidential campaign hits Iowa and New Hampshire airwaves today.
A narrator plays up Romney's experience running the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, his corporate experience with Bain Capital, and his tenure as Massachusetts governor, all while we see Romney jogging around a lake near his New Hampshire home.
The ad ends by saying Romney has the "energy and experience" to serve as president, and Romney energetically "approves" the message while maintaining a brisk jogging pace.
While Romney has now aired 11 campaign TV ads in early primary states including New Hampshire, an expert on New Hampshire politics told us last week that TV ads won't necessarily win votes in the Granite State.
"You have to go to the events to really understand what the voters think here," says Jennifer Donahue, senior adviser of political affairs at Saint Anselm College. Donahue (speaking with us as part of our Blue Plate Politics series) reminded us that New Hampshire voters expect to see and meet a candidate before making a decision. For his part, Romney has been to New Hampshire at least 48 times since Jan. 2007, according to washingtonpost.com's Campaign Tracker.
-- Ed O'Keefe
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