Pawlenty Kicks Off Ad Season In Iowa (VIDEO)

Tim Pawlenty is now on the air in the key first caucus state of Iowa, the first candidate to launch such an ad this cycle.

“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.