'Tis the season for holiday political ads.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - With the first round of presidential nominating contests falling just days after Christmas this cycle, presidential candidates are looking for novel ways to reach voters during a season when politics is about as appetizing as a run-of-the-mill fruitcake.
Following Mike Huckabee’s Yuletide spot, two more presidential candidates are out with 30-second Christmas-themed TV ads Tuesday that look as if they could double as warm-and-fuzzy holiday specials.
The entire Obama family is the star of a new ad for the Illinois Democrat, sitting in front of crackling fireplace and perfectly decorated mantle.
"In this holiday season we are reminded that the things that unite us as a people are more powerful and enduring than anything that sets us apart," Barack Obama says. "And we all have a stake in each other, in something larger than ourselves."
Obama's young daughters Malia and Sasha end the ad with a "Merry Christmas" and "Happy Holidays" respectively. The spot will begin airing Friday in the early-voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada.
Tough-as-nails former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani dons a softer image in his Granite State spot, appearing in a bright red sweater vest in front of a twinkling Christmas tree. His holiday wishes?
“I wish for peace with strength. Secure borders. A government that spends less than it takes in. Lower taxes for our businesses and families. And I really hope, that all of the presidential candidates can just get along," he says before Santa Claus himself makes a surprise appearance to interrupt.
“Ho, ho, ho, ho. I was with you right up until that last one. Ho, ho, ho, ho, ho.”
Giuliani responds, “Can’t have everything!"
- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney