Ron Paul’s campaign for the first time is directly attacking Mitt Romney with campaign ads.
The Paul campaign’s new ad in Iowa and New Hampshire features a picture of Romney with “flip-flopper” stamped over it, as well as one of Newt Gingrich stamped “hypocrite.”
The ads come as a new poll shows Paul retaining a lead in Iowa less than a week before the state’s GOP caucus. Romney is a close second place.
Paul, meanwhile, has come under intense attacks from several candidates and notably from Gingrich, who said a choice between Paul and President Obama in the 2012 election would be a hard one.
Paul’s ad likens Romney and Gingrich to “serial hypocrites and flip-floppers.”
“The Washington machine is strangling our economy,” a narrator says. “Politicians who supported bailouts and mandates — serial hypocrites and flip-floppers — can’t clean up the mess. One man stands alone: a real plan to cut $1 trillion in one year, balance the budget in three. Consistent. Incorruptible. Guided by faith and principle. Ron Paul, the one we’ve been looking for.”
Paul has led in many Iowa polls and has a strong chance to win the state. But he has had a few rough news cycles as reporters probe his connections to sometimes-racist newsletters published under his name and a former staffer came out to attack his foreign policy views and detail his alleged discomfort around gays.
Watch the ad here: