ABC News' Russell Goldman (@GoldmanRussell) reports:
Michele Bachmann’s first television ad, set to begin running today in Iowa, is a 30-second spot that emphasizes the Minnesota congresswoman’s Iowa roots and staunch fiscal conservatism.
Titled “Waterloo” after the town of her birth, the ad produced by Strategy Media Group, features Bachmann addressing the camera directly as she talks about her family and political policies.
“As a mom of five, a foster parent and a former tax lawyer and now a small business job creator, I know we can’t keep spending money we don’t have,” she said switching from talk of her personal biography to politics.
“That’s why I fought against the wasteful bailout, against the stimulus,” she said, adding emphatically: “I will not vote to increase the debt ceiling.”
The ad is professional and optimistic. She talks over still family photos and shots of Waterloo, Iowa, where late last month she officially kicked off her campaign.
Bachmann joins fellow Minnesotan former Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who has run two television ads in Iowa. Texas Rep. Ron Paul, yesterday announced a $75,000 radio ad buy.
Bachmann’s campaign has yet to disclose the cost of the new ad, but has said that Iowa is a critical state in the Tea Party favorite’s race to secure the GOP nomination.
In a Des Moines Register poll published in late June, Bachmann was tied with Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney to win in Iowa.