The Washington Times - December 7, 2011, 10:28PM

Mitt Romney appears to be preparing for battle in the early nomination states, releasing an television ad this week that indirectly draws contrasts with blemishes from Newt Gingrich’s professional and personal life.

The campaign also plans a press conference on Thursday where two of the former Massachusetts governor’s surrogates plan to talk about former House Speaker’s record, which has come under increasing fire as he has climbed in the polls.

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The 30-second “Leader” ad — http://mi.tt/rqmuys — splices together some of his debate footage with grainy home movies of him with his wife and children, while playing up Mr. Romney’s devotion to his church, his family and his work.

“I think people understand that I’m a man of steadiness and constancy. I don’t think you’re going to find somebody who has more of those attributes than I do,” Mr. Romney says in the spot. “I’ve been married to the same woman for 25 – excuse me, I’ll get in trouble – for 42 years. I’ve been in the same church my entire life. I worked at one company, Bain, for 25 years. And I left that to go off and help save the Olympic Games.”

The campaign said the ad will be going up in New Hampshire and Iowa, which kicks of the Republican nomination race on Jan. 3 and where Mr. Gingrich has rapidly built a solid lead in the polls.

“If I’m President of the United States, I will be true to my family, to my faith, and to our country, and I will never apologize for the United States of America,” Mr. Romney said in the spot.

On Wednesday night, the campaign also blasted out a media advisory alerting reporters that former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu and former Sen. Jim Talent, of Missouri, will hold a press conference on behalf of Mr. Romney Thursday to discuss Mr. Gingrich’s record.