Washington (CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann launched her first 2012 election television ad highlighting her Iowa roots and fiscal conservatism.
"As a descendent of generations of Iowans, I was born and raised in Waterloo, as a mom of five, a foster parents, and a former tax lawyer and now a small business job creator, I know we can't keep spending money that we don't have," Bachmann says in the ad. "That's why I fought against the wasteful bailout, against the stimulus. I will not vote to increase the debt ceiling."
The 30-second spot starts airing in Iowa Thursday. Although the campaign will not say how long it will remain on television, campaign spokeswoman Alice Stewart said it will run through the weekend.
"It is a significant ad buy," Stewart said. "Iowa is a critical state."
The Minnesota congresswoman is the second Republican contender with paid media in Iowa. Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has aired two ads in the state. This week, Pawlenty touted his record as governor, including his opposition to unions during a transit strike.
Pawlenty and Bachmann are focusing a lot of time and resources in the Hawkeye State, hoping strong showings at the Ames Straw Poll contest next month, and in the state's caucuses scheduled for February, help propel their campaigns.
Since announcing her candidacy in her native Waterloo, Bachmann has campaigned in the state several times.