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Campaign ad wars begin in earnest


NEW YORK (AP) -- The presidential campaign ad crush has arrived.

Less than five weeks before voting begins in the 2012 presidential contest, the Republican candidates are stepping up their presence over the TV airwaves and online.

Super PACs have been running ads. The Democratic National Committee is doing its best to try to weaken former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. President Barack Obama has even tiptoed into the fray with a limited ad buy soliciting volunteers for his campaign.

The new, more aggressive advertising phase comes as the Republican field remains unsettled before the Iowa caucuses Jan. 3.

The field may become more volatile still. After months of training their attacks primarily on Obama, the Republicans are beginning to assail one another.

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