By Alexandra Jaffe - 10/05/12 04:12 PM EDT
The ad functions on two levels, though — as it's Democrat Rob Zerban's first in the district, it also attempts to introduce the candidate to voters. He shares that he "started two successful businesses creating great-paying jobs," and promises to "never cut Medicare benefits, ever."
Zerban outraised Ryan in the last quarter by over $200,000, and though he hasn't received financial backing from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee yet, prominent Democratic groups, including a handful of unions, MoveOn and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee -- the last of which has brought his campaign $110,000 from thousands of small donations -- have endorsed him.
His campaign also released a polling memo recently that put him within eight points of Ryan, but he remains a long-shot in the race.
--This post was published at 12:12 p.m. and updated at 4:13 p.m.