releases first TV ad in 2016 Republican presidential race
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[January 05, 2016]
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican
presidential candidate Donald Trump on Monday released his first
television commercial in the 2016 race for the White House with a
30-second spot highlighting his stance on Muslims, immigration and
The ad will air starting on Tuesday in Iowa and New Hampshire, two
key early voting states in the run-up to the party's nomination
convention in July ahead of the November election, Trump's campaign
said in a statement on its website.
The commercial reiterates the Republican front-runner's recent call
to temporarily block Muslims from entering the United States and
pledges a tough stance against Islamic State and acts of terrorism.
"He'll quickly cut the head off ISIS and take their oil," the ad
said, using an acronym for the militant group.
The ad also reiterated the businessman-turned-politician's ongoing
calls to target illegal immigration by building a wall along the
southern U.S. border that he said Mexico will pay for.
Trump leads national public opinion polls of the 12 Republicans
seeking their party's presidential nomination, although he is
trailing in some state polls.
Reuters/Ipsos polling showed Trump with 38 percent support among
Republican respondents, followed by U.S. Senator Ted Cruz with
nearly 15 percent, and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson with 12
"I donít know if I need it, but I donít want to take any chances
because if I win we are going to make America great again," Trump
said in a statement accompanying the ad on his website.
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He said last week he planned to spend at least $2 million a week on
ads in early voting states.
On Monday, his campaign said it is also releasing a radio ad later
this week in South Carolina, another key state.
(Reporting by Washington newsroom; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)
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