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Group supporting O'Malley airs new ad in Iowa ahead of Democratic debate

Democratic presidential candidate, former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, speaks during the Iowa Federation of Labor AFL-CIO Presidential Forum, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in Altoona, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) ORG XMIT: IACN119
Democratic presidential candidate, former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, speaks during the Iowa Federation of Labor AFL-CIO Presidential Forum, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in Altoona, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) ORG XMIT: IACN119 (Charlie Neibergall / Associated Press)

WASHINGTON -- A super PAC supporting former Gov. Martin O'Malley's presidential campaign began airing a television advertisement in Iowa on Wednesday -- days ahead of the first debate among Democratic candidates.

The advertisement, largely introductory, is running on broadcast and cable television statewide through Oct. 12, according to Generation Forward, the political action committee that paid for it. The group spent $215,000 on the ad, an aide said.

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O'Malley is seen speaking in slow motion to various groups while the screen flashes text highlighting his accomplishments during two terms as governor in Maryland, including passing same sex marriage, raising the minimum wage and imposing stricter gun control.

Reinforcing a theme O'Malley has made on the campaign trail for months, the ad posits that "actions speak louder than words," as it cuts to several other presidential candidates -- including Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders -- promising to propose ideas.

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O'Malley, who is significantly trailing in the polls and fundraising, is hoping to introduce that same messages to millions of new voters during Tuesday's debate in Las Vegas, which will be broadcast on CNN. The former governor has called for more debates than the six sanctioned so far by the Democratic National Committee.

"In Tuesday's debate, America will meet Martin O'Malley, a successful mayor and two-term governor with a record of action, not words, on the issues that progressive Democrats care most about," Damian O'Doherty, CEO of Generation Forward, said in a statement.

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