Candidates turn negative in multimillion dollar Iowa television ad blitz
Televisions display a political advertisement supporting Texas Governor Rick Perry at an electronics store in Urbandale, Iowa, Tuesday.
December 27th, 2011
09:43 PM ET
3 years ago

Candidates turn negative in multimillion dollar Iowa television ad blitz

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Turn on the TV here in the Hawkeye State, and you'll get inundated with a barrage of Republican presidential campaign commercials, with many of them negative in nature.

"If Washington's the problem," says the narrator in an ad by Texas Gov. Rick Perry's campaign, "why trust a congressman to fix it?" The ad goes on to criticize rival candidates Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, Rep. Michele Bachmann of neighboring Minnesota, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania. "Among them, they've spent 63 years in Congress, leaving us with debt, earmarks and bailouts."

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