Richardson is touting his experience in hostage negotiation in a new ad.
DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) - Democratic presidential candidate Bill Richardson is up with a new ad in Iowa and New Hampshire Monday that touts a hostage situation in Iraq "that then Congressman Richardson was called upon to defuse," the campaign said in a statement.
The 60-second ad, entitled "Only One," is a testimonial given by Bill Barloon and the late David Daliberti and wife Kathy Daliberti. Both Barloon and David Daliberti were hostages of Saddam Hussein in 1995.
"We were accused of being spies," David Daliberti said in the ad.
Barloon continued, "Then Congressman Richardson came and spoke with Saddam Hussein."
Richardson puts a twist on the traditional finish of campaign ads by closing with, "I'm Bill Richardson, and I am honored to approve this message."
Richardson, the governor of New Mexico, is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination.
- CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch