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Randall Terry makes Iowa ad buy
A man best known for his anti-abortion activism, who has registered as a Democratic candidate for President, will begin airing television ads in Iowa and has plans to visit the state this week.
Randall Terry, founder of Operation Rescue, has been arrested numerous times in connection with his anti-abortion stances. One of his most recent arrests was at the University of Notre Dame, for violation of a no-trespass order by the institution. Terry was protesting a commencement address by President Barack Obama, who is also the key focus of the campaign ad offering.
He twice attempted Congressional runs as a Republican — in New York and Florida — but was defeated during primary contests.
In January, Terry announced that he would be a Democratic candidate for President in 2012.
In the 60-second ad buy, Terry encourages Iowa Democrats to “put principle ahead of party,” and uses nearly the entire segment to attack Obama on cultural issues. Watch it:
According to the Terry campaign, the ad will begin airing on Des Moines and Sioux City ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox affiliates on Thursday.
“I use the words and imagery that most tea party and pro-life activists use everyday,” Terry said in a prepared statement. “History will show that Mr. Obama is the worst President in U.S. history; he is at war with life and liberty, and is enslaving our children to unfathomable debt. This commercial makes that case with precision, and without apology.”
In the release, Terry also takes swipes at U.S. House Speaker John Boehner and 2012 GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, noting that his ad “simply” says what Boehner and Romney “should say daily; apparently they do not possess the courage or clarity of thought.”
Terry plans to be in Des Moines June 10 and 11 in order to attend a homeschool convention.