updated 12/23/2003 11:40:34 AM ET 2003-12-23T16:40:34

Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich will broadcast the first television commercials of his campaign in Iowa and New Hampshire next month, featuring actor Danny Glover.

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Nine ads will start running in the two states and in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 4. All have the theme “Fear ends, hope begins” and follow Kucinich’s anti-war rhetoric.

Glover, whose film credits include “The Color Purple” and the “Lethal Weapon” series, does the voice-overs.

In one ad appealing to young voters, Glover says: “If pre-emptive war continues to drive our foreign policy, if our volunteer troops are stretched thinner and thinner, you could be facing compulsory draft. All young Americans deserve a would without end — not a war without end.”

'Eyes that see through lies'
Kucinich is the only image in the ad. As the camera focuses in on Kucinich’s eyes, Glover says, “The eyes that see through the lies.”

Recent polls show Kucinich having the support of only 1 or 2 percent of likely voters in early caucus and primary states. He has raised about $4.5 million, far less than the front-runners who have used their large war chests to broadcast dozens of commercials in Iowa and New Hampshire for the last four months.

“We have the money to run them. There’s not a question of whether we’re going to run them or not,” said David Swanson, a Kucinich spokesman.

Still, the congressman from Ohio is asking visitors to his Web site to donate money and or purchase Kucinich campaign posters so that he can afford to run the ads.

The campaign would not say how much it initially plans to spend on the ads.

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