(CNN) - Hillary Clinton, who has made experience a major theme of her campaign, has spent the past few weeks sparring with rival Barack Obama over just how much of it a future president needs. Now, Chris Dodd is weighing in on the debate with a new TV spot that reminds Iowans he has spent more time in Washington than both of them put together.
“Some people say I have too much experience to run for president,” Dodd says with a smile in the 30-second spot, already airing on Iowa television. “The more you hear my opponents, the more you wonder whether they have enough.”
Dodd also takes on Barack Obama’s campaign theme of unifying the nation, telling viewers that “I’ve spent my life bringing Democrats and Republicans together to create real change. I know I can win the general election. And I am ready to be president.”
“I’m Chris Dodd and I’d appreciate your support on caucus night. I approved this message because I believe it’s time America had a president with the experience to lead.”
The Dodd campaign says they’ve made a “major buy” on Iowa stations, and that the ad will run through January 3, caucus night.
–CNN's Rebecca Sinderbrand