Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., has taken to the airwaves in Iowa with a new TV ad championing his experience in government. The 30-second spot began running Tuesday in Des Moines and Cedar Rapids as part of a stepped-up media effort by Dodd’s campaign ahead of the Jan. 3 caucuses.
In the ad, Dodd notes that he is not a former first lady or a celebrity — taking aim at Democratic front-runners Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., the wife of former President Bill Clinton, and Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., who was joined on the campaign trail this weekend by popular TV host Oprah Winfrey.
Instead, Dodd mentions that he is the only Democrat running who is a veteran, that he served in the Peace Corps and that he authored the Family and Medical Leave Act.
He closes the ad by saying, “I’m Chris Dodd and I approved this message because I’m the candidate who can win next November, and I’m ready to be president.”
The senator and his family are spending the week campaigning in cities throughout the Hawkeye State, and weren’t deterred — as other candidate spokespeople were — by some hostile weather over the weekend.
“Former President Bill Clinton and Michelle Obama canceled appearances on behalf of their spouses,” according to the Boston Globe. “But [Jackie Clegg] Dodd, wife of Democratic Senator Chris Dodd of Connecticut, climbed into an ice-covered van and went out to visit shelters for homeless youth.”
“‘I’m from the Rocky Mountains. I’m not afraid of a little ice or snow,” she said, joking about the “wimps” too afraid to venture out in the storm,” the Globe reported.
Despite his low showing in some Iowa polls, Dodd will spend the rest of the week making appearances there and head to New Hampshire for the weekend.