Watch Ted Cruz's parody infomercial that will air during SNL.

Watch the Parody Infomercial Ted Cruz Will Air in Iowa During SNL

Watch the Parody Infomercial Ted Cruz Will Air in Iowa During SNL

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Dec. 19 2015 2:10 PM

Watch the Parody Infomercial Ted Cruz Will Air in Iowa During SNL

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Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks during a campaign rally at the Siena Community Center on December 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz will be airing a parody Christmas-themed infomercial in key Iowa markets during the Saturday Night Live broadcast. “In the spirit of the upcoming holiday, we are excited to bring a Cruz family Christmas into the homes of SNL viewers in Iowa,” the Cruz campaign told the Independent Journal. “Ted is a long-time fan of SNL, so the chance to film his own SNL-style commercial was an opportunity we couldn’t pass up!”

The commercial shows the Texas senator reading some “Christmas classics” to his two daughters and wife. The tales includes the likes of “Rudolph the Underemployed Reindeer,” “Frosty the Speaker of the House,” (“Look! The speaker is melting before Congress”), “How Obamacare Stole Christmas” and “Auditing St. Nick” (I will audit him here or there, I will audit him anywhere). One of his daughters at one point takes a turn in reading from “The Grinch who Lost her Emails.”

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“‘I know just what I’ll do,’ she said with a snicker,” Cruz’s daughter reads, “I’ll use my own server and no one will be the wiser.”

Cruz is releasing the ad at a time when polls appear to show he is consolidating his spot in the second place of the Republican race behind Trump. The latest Reuters/Ipsos poll shows Cruz with the support of 17 percent of likely Republican voters. Although that means he’s still far from Donald Trump’s 31 percent, he is ahead of Ben Carson, who had the support from 13 percent of likely Republican voters. A poll released last week showed Cruz in first place in Iowa.  

Daniel Politi has been contributing to Slate since 2004 and wrote the Today’s Papers column from 2006 to 2009. Follow him on Twitter.