POLITICS
01/03/2012 06:29 pm ET

Ron Paul Jabs Mitt Romney Ahead Of 2012 Iowa Caucus

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul dealt a blow to rival Mitt Romney Tuesday, launching a radio attack ad against his fellow frontrunner just hours before the Iowa caucus.

The ad calls out Romney for supporting government bailouts and health care mandates, and attacks the former Massachusetts governor's electability. "Romney's record is liberal and putting him up against Obama is a recipe for defeat," Paul's ad says.

Buoyed by poll numbers showing Paul virtually tied for first place in Iowa with Romney and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, Paul said Monday he expects "some dramatic, good news for tomorrow night."

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Paul has the most viral reach of any of the GOP candidates, according to analysis from Socialbakers (H/T NBC News). Still, despite his loyal supporter base and potential Iowa win, many wonder whether Paul could actually clench the GOP nomination or win the general election. The candidate himself acknowledged harboring some reservations in an interview with ABC News on Monday. When ABC's Terry Moran asked Paul, "When you lay your head on your pillow at night, do you see yourself in the Oval Office?" Paul answered, "Not really."

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