IMAGE: Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn.
Presidential hopeful Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., is trying to convince Iowans that his service and experience should be what they're looking for in a president.
updated 10/24/2007 4:43:28 PM ET 2007-10-24T20:43:28

There will be no "Just For Men" for Christopher Dodd. The Connecticut senator's snowy mane takes center stage in a new spot, which claims his white hair is the result of his 26 years of work in the Senate while also seeking to educate Iowans on his record of service.

Dodd hits the airwaves in Iowa today with the campaign's first new TV ad since June. While a folksy tune plays in the background, the ad opens in a barber shop. Two barbers discuss Dodd's record while a youngster awaits a trim.

After listing off Dodd's accomplishments, ranging from his service in the Peace Corps to his championing of the Family and Medical Leave Act, the two men (who are not actors, but real barbers from Winterset, Iowa) conclude that Dodd's record and experience make him the best Democratic candidate. "And if he got nominated, we'd have a Democrat who could win," one of the barbers adds. "Plus, I figure he'd make the best president of them all."

But will the homespun flavor of the ad resonate with Iowa voters? Dodd's campaign has shown an increased energy in the first caucus state in recent weeks, even moving his family to Des Moines. He's been campaigning in Iowa for the past few days, hitting Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton for her vote to designate the Iranian Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization and Sen. Barack Obama for missing the vote altogether. Even with a large organization in the state that seems to be growing, the latest Des Moines Register poll only had Dodd at 1 percent -- tied with Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich.

Talking business in the Palmetto State
Capping off a two-day trip to South Carolina, where he revealed his "Strategy for a Stronger America," Mitt Romney released his latest TV ad in the state today. It returns to the familiar theme that his business experience gives him the resume to rein in Washington spending.

The formula is simple, Romney says: Only spend what you have. In the ad, the former Massachusetts governor diagnoses the nation's financial situation and says as president he would complete an audit and cut spending, top to bottom. The ad closes with the campaign's familiar ad slogan -- "change begins with us."

Romney was once running fourth in South Carolina, but a new poll conducted by his campaign shows Romney in the No. 2 spot with 20 percent, only 4 points behind the front-runner there, former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson.

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