(CNN) – Rick Perry's GOP presidential campaign blasted as "blatantly false" a new ad put up in South Carolina by a pro-Michele Bachmann "superPAC," in a press release Thursday.
The Texas governor's campaign said the ad misrepresents the governor's fiscally conservative record in his state. Veteran political operative Bob Harris is behind the 30-second spot through "Keep Conservatives United," the so-called "super PAC" he founded in July in support of (but independent from) Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann's run for the GOP nomination.
The commercial, much like the group's first web video, takes aim at Perry over his Lone Star state record.
"Rick Perry's spending more money than the state takes in, covering his deficits with record borrowing. And he's supposed to be the tea party guy?" the spot says. "There is an honest conservative, and she's not Rick Perry."
The Perry campaign released a statement Thursday afternoon that broke down the ad and refuted its premise, saying the Texas governor has signed six balanced budgets and created jobs.
"Congresswoman Bachmann's front-group ad is patently and provably false," said Ray Sullivan, Perry's communications director. "Unlike Washington, the Texas budget is balanced, does not run deficits and limits spending, even as Texas added jobs and population in big numbers."
Harris has not provided the size of the ad buy but originally indicated he had bought local time in Columbia to run on CNBC, Fox News and CNN for a week. He said the size of the buy would eventually be disclosed in a "Keep Conservatives United" FEC report required of a super PAC.
- CNN's Candy Crowley and Shawna Shepherd contributed to this report.