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Posted December 13, 2011
What’s Ahead Dec. 13: Are you ready for some campaign ads?

Republican presidential candidates Texas Gov. Rick Perry, left, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney take part in the Republican debate, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)


You want coffee with that: To join The Gazette Editorial Board for a visit with former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum at 8 a.m. today, click here.

Wanna bet: Mitt Romney’s $10,000 challenge to Rick Perry during the Saturday night GOP candidates’ debate is the gift that keeps on giving – for Democrats and his Republican rivals.

Perhaps the least consequential line of the night, it will live on in debate infamy. If Romney wanted to divert attention from anything else he said he couldn’t have come up with a better strategy.

The $10,000 bet has proven to be like crack to a junkie for Democrats. They can’t stop themselves from one more hit. And why not?

Sue Dvorsky

The Iowa Democratic Party will poke Romney in the eye beginning this morning with a video that among other things features some of your friends and neighbors interviewed by the crack news team at KCRG-TV 9.

IDP Chairwoman Sue Dvorsky of Coralville says Romney probably expected to come out of the Des Moines Register/ABC News/Yahoo!/Republican Party of Iowa live presidential debate at Drake University with the wind at his back, “But instead he demonstrated once again how out of touch he is with the middle class.”

“As one Iowan told KCRG, ‘we’ll give you one chance, two if you need it,’” Dvorsky said. “That’s not good news for Romney who has already had to explain why he thinks ‘corporations are people’ and a $1,500 tax cut for working families is just a ‘little Band-Aid.’”

Dvorsky says it’s clear Romney’s strategy to win Iowa is to throw millions into advertising in the final weeks before the caucus.

“I’ll bet any amount of money that caucusgoers prefer a candidate that spends time with them and explains their flip-flops than someone who just throws money at the state,” she says.

TV Listings: You won’t need to check The Gazette’s TV Vision to know what’s on television for the next few weeks. It will be pretty much football games, sappy Christmas specials and sitcoms sandwiched between political ads.

Christopher Rants

The good news is that with Perry and Romney and their respective super PACs throwing down a total of about $6 million for advertising over the next 20 days maybe we won’t have to see that annoying guy from Ford stalking Christmas shoppers in the mall or those Lexus ads that the 99 percent find so nauseating.

“It may cost almost $3 million to air Doritos ads during the Super Bowl, but that gets the eyeballs of 111 million viewers,” former Iowa House Speaker Christopher Rants says in this post. “Iowa’s total population is 3 million. So what do you get for $3 million?”

Essentially you get wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling campaign commercials.

To put that 20-day, $6 million advertizing blitz in perspective, Rants points out Terry Branstad spent $5 million on advertizing over five months in his gubernatorial race last year.

“Iowans,” he says, “are ready to throw the TV through the window… It is ‘Honey, we gotta stock up at Blockbuster cause I can’t take it any more’ repetition.”

On the calendar:

Dec. 13

Rick Santorum, 10:30, town hall, Lincoln Café, Belle Plaine; 1:30 p.m., meet with employees at VGM & Associates, Waterloo; 4 p.m., town hall, Fireside Pub, Manchester; 6:30 p.m., National Contract Management Association, Campbell Steele Gallery, 1064 7th Ave., Marion

Dec. 14

Rick Santorum, 7 a.m., Westside Conservative Club, Urbandale; 9 a.m., Nationwide Insurance employees, Des Moines; noon, Pioneer Hi-Bred employees; 5:30 p.m., Christmas party at campaign headquarters, Urbandale

Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann, and Rick Santorum, 7 p.m., Mike Huckabee’s “Gift of Life” forum on abortion issues, Hoyt Sherman Place, Des Moines

Dec. 15

Rick Santorum, 8 a.m., town hall, Dangie’s Diner, Rockwell City; 11 a.m. Sac City Cattleman’s Co. employees, Sac City; 2:30 p.m., town hall, Java Junkies, Holstein

Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann, Ron Paul, Rick Santorum and Jon Huntsman, Fox News/ Republican Party of Iowa live presidential debate, Sioux City

Dec. 16

Rick Santorum, 7 p.m., house party, Sioux City



One Response to What’s Ahead Dec. 13: Are you ready for some campaign ads?

  1. I keep seeing a couple of Rick Perry ads. In one he promises to repeal ObamaCare in his first day in office. In another he threatens to cut congresses pay in half and/or send them home.

    Is he running for President or Dictator?

    Doesn’t he know that, under our constitution he can’t do those things?

    By the way – Benito Mussolini send the legislature home.

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