Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden plans to air television ads in Iowa on Wednesday, touting his plan to end the Iraq war and his history of overcoming personal tragedy.
With the pair of ads, which will cost more than $1 million to run, Biden will seek to bolster his candidacy in the weeks before Iowa's Jan. 3 caucuses.
The Delaware Democrat, who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is running fifth among Democrats, behind Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barack Obama, John Edwards and Bill Richardson, according to a recent Des Moines Register poll.
One of the ads describes Biden's five-point plan to foster political reconciliation in Iraq, including increased reconstruction aid and regional diplomacy that he says would allow U.S. troops to come home. The ad also will note Biden's "ability to build a consensus around his exit strategy" by co-sponsoring a Senate resolution that calls for Baghdad to limit the power of its federal government and give more control to Iraq's ethnically divided regions, said spokesman Larry Rasky.
Biden ‘may surprise you all’
A second ad will focus on Biden's life experiences and "how that prepares a candidate for the challenges that the country is facing," Rasky said. They include the loss in an auto accident of Biden's wife and infant daughter when he was a young senator, and his later struggle to recover from two near-fatal brain aneurysms.
Biden's first campaign ad aired in Iowa earlier this year. It also focused on Iraq, describing Biden's feelings and sense of obligation to bring troops home safely after visiting the region.
Biden claimed Sunday to be the second choice of a "significant portion of the people" in Iowa, where he has focused his campaign thus far. And, he held out hope for a finish in the caucuses that is better than in the single digits, where he has been stuck in the polls.
"If I end up with the numbers the way you just read them in the national poll, sure I'm out of the race," Biden said on ABC's "This Week." "But I'm not going to end up that way. I may surprise you all."