From NBC's Domenico Montanaro
Romney is up with a new 60-second radio ad touting his refusal, as governor, of a state police escort for former Iranian President Mohammed Khatami when he was invited to Harvard to speak in 2006.
The ad begins airing today as part of the campaign's rotation in Iowa and South Carolina, and then Florida later in the week.
Here's the script of the ad:
ANNCR: On the eve of the fifth anniversary of 9/11, Harvard University invited Iranian President Mohammed Khatami to Boston, the same Mohammed Khatami who has supported the terrorist group Hezbollah advocates destruction of Israel and stood by while Jews and Christians were persecuted. The Iranian wanted VIP treatment at tax payer expense. But Governor Mitt Romney said no. Governor Romney called the invitation a disgrace and refused to grant Khatami a police escort. Now another Iranian president is visiting America coming to New York and Governor Mitt Romney is leading the opposition.
ROMNEY: We should be tightening our sanctions against Iran not welcoming him to the world stage, and I've called on the Secretary General of the United Nations to withdraw that invitation. What we should be doing is indicting Ahmadinejad under the genocide convention.
ANNCR: As governor, Mitt Romney did what was right not what was politically correct. As president, he will do the same. Mitt Romney.
ROMNEY: I'm Mitt Romney, and I approve this message.