Last-minute ad blitz for Santorum

The Red White and Blue Fund, and Alexandria, Va.-based super PAC, announced it was endorsing Santorum and that its new ad would air in Iowa for one week starting Thursday, the same day that Santorum and his competitors will square off in a Fox News debate in Iowa.

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The ad starts with a photograph of President Obama and then cycles through photos of the other GOP hopefuls before settling on Santorum and declaring him the only real conservative in the race.

“Republicans are looking for a candidate that not only they trust – but that can also beat President Obama,” the PAC wrote on its website. “In order to do that, Republicans need to offer a clear alternative to President Obama and his liberal policies.”

Also on Thursday, the Des Moines Register reported that Santorum’s campaign will run an ad Monday in its newspaper and in two others touting his conservative views on social issues like abortion, same-sex marriage and immigration.

“America surrenders – not on my watch!” reads the banner headline at the top of the full-page ad.

And Santorum’s own campaign went on the air for the first time on Thursday with a statewide ad in Iowa promoting Santorum as a family man and social conservative, according to a CNN report.

Most polls in Iowa put Santorum at about 6 percent, far behind all of his rivals except Jon Huntsman. But he still does better in Iowa, with its large swath of socially conservative caucus-goers, than he does in national polls or in other early states such as New Hampshire.

Voters in Iowa will make their choice for the Republican nomination known on Jan. 3.

Watch the super PAC's ad: