Tim Pawlenty is now on the air in the key first caucus state of Iowa, the first candidate toÂ launch such an ad this cycle.
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"A lot of candidates will come to Iowa and say the same things. The question is: Have they done it?" Pawlenty says to the camera. "In a liberal state, I reduced spending in real terms for the first time; took on the government unions -- and won; appointed a conservative Supreme Court; and passed health care reform the right way -- no mandates, no takeovers.
"If I could do it in Minnesota, we can do it in Washington. I'm Tim Pawlenty, and I approved this message."
The Des Moines Register reports that the ad buy cost just under $50,000, and was taken out for Fox News programs in media markets in Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Omaha, Ottumwa, Sioux City and Rochester, Minn. The ad will run through July 3.