The Political Ads Iowa Voters Are Watching

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The candidates are unfurling their messages in the Hawkeye State as the air war in the GOP primary gets under way

With less than a month before the Iowa caucuses, the Hawkeye State airwaves are finally getting flooded with candidate ads. Newt Gingrich began his first TV ad Monday, Mitt Romney took the Iowa plunge last week, and Rick Perry and Ron Paul continue to mix up their ongoing broadcast blitzes. Of the seven major GOP candidates, just three are not on the air in Iowa: Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum, whose campaigns depend on a good showing in Iowa but lack financial resources, and Jon Huntsman, who's focusing on New Hampshire. Below, a look at the widely differing messages the candidates are offering Iowa voters -- from Ron Paul's youthful rock-'em-sock-'em to Gingrich's pastoral overture.

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Molly Ball is a staff writer covering national politics at The Atlantic.

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