Bowling Green, Ohio (CNN) – Newt Gingrich is bracing for a nomination fight beyond Super Tuesday, beginning with television advertising to promote his $2.50-per-gallon gasoline plan.
The ad was posted on the campaign's website on Friday and, according to Gingrich spokesman R.C. Hammond, will begin airing next week in Alabama and Mississippi, states that hold primary contests on March 13.
The 30-second ad blames President Barack Obama for the recent rise in gas prices.
"Since Barack Obama's inauguration, gas prices have doubled. They didn't go down when Obama bowed to Saudi oil princes," the narrator says. "But they can go down under the Newt Gingrich $2.50 per gallon plan."
His campaign also released a 60-second web video Friday touting his plan to reduce gas prices. That video was promoted on social media and through an email fundraising campaign that began Friday. Hammond said the first round of fundraising brought in $100,000, which will be put toward the television ad buy in Alabama and Mississippi.
The former House speaker has spent much of his recent time on the campaign trail proposing solutions to bring down the price of gas and has called on the president to fire Energy Secretary Steven Chu.
The 30-second spot follows Gingrich's 30-minute energy address posted on his website and aired once in cities in Super Tuesday states including Georgia, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Washington.