Newt Gingrich hits Iowa airwaves for the first time

DES MOINES, IOWA -- Sitting comfortably on top in Iowa according to the latest Des Moines Register poll of likely caucus-goers, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is launching his first paid television ad in the state this week.

"Some people say the America we know and love is a thing of the past. I don't believe that," Gingrich says in the ad over a montage of shots from Iowa, the state that will hold the first electoral contest this cycle on January 3. 2012. "Because working together, I know we can rebuild America. We can revive our economy and create jobs, shrink government and the regulations that strangle our businesses."

The Register reports that the Gingrich campaign is dropping a quarter million dollars on the ad campaign, and that this one is the first of several that will air in rotation.

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