Rick Perry touts jobs record in first paid ad
October 26th, 2011
07:45 AM ET
2 years ago

Rick Perry touts jobs record in first paid ad

Washington (CNN) - Looking straight into the camera for much of his ad, Rick Perry pledges to create two and a half million jobs and touts his Texas record in his first paid commercial buy which began Wednesday.

The spot, part the Texas governor's effort to jump start his languishing Republican presidential bid, will air statewide in Iowa on commercial and cable television.

While Perry has increasingly attacked rival Mitt Romney over various issues, the Perry camp decided its first foray into paid television should focus more on Perry and introducing him and some of his economic proposals.

With $15 million in the bank as of Sept. 30, Perry's advisers still have a lot of money to work with, and political analysts have said he probably will have to go negative sooner rather than later in order to help him regain momentum.

While the ad does not mention his new flat tax proposal unveiled Tuesday, the Texas governor hopes a focus on jobs will enable him regain momentum in the Republican presidential nomination fight as his poll numbers both nationwide and in key early voting states have declined dramatically in the last few weeks due at least in part to his weak performances in recent debates.

Saying "I know something about" job creation, he highlights his economic track record. "In Texas we've created over one million new jobs while the rest of the nation lost over two million."

In the commercial he emphasizes in general terms some of his energy proposals including opening oil and gas fields and eliminating regulations that he says hurt domestic production.

"Governor Perry's new TV ad signals two priorities, American job creation and the families of Iowa," Perry Communications Director Ray Sullivan said in a statement. "The ad, which will be widely seen on Iowa TV and cable stations, underscores Rick Perry's commitment to sparking millions of new jobs and his record as America's jobs governor."

Team Romney pushed back on the ad by issuing a fact of Perry’s record in Texas.

“Today’s campaign ad doesn’t tell the whole story, failing to mention that unemployment in Texas has doubled on Perry’s watch and more than a million workers in his state are out of a job,” Romney Communications Director Gail Gitcho said in a statement. “Mitt Romney is a conservative businessman who is focused on getting Americans back to work and reviving this economy.”

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soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. Ken in MD

    Most of the jobs he created in Texas were either government jobs (paid for by the "failed" stimulus program) and those paying under the minimum wage. So when he's elected President he'll expand the number of people living below the poverty line? Wonderful.

    If he is really "jobs first", and has a plan to create so many jobs, why not release it now instead of waiting until January 2013? More campaign rubbish.

    October 26, 2011 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  2. John

    This Is just another LIE Rick Perry Is telling People. There Isn't that many hamburger places. That the only jobs Rick Perry will find you. Min. wage jobs. Or working on a oil rigs, and there are only so few of them.

    October 26, 2011 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  3. ST

    "I know something about" job creation, he highlights his economic track record. "In Texas we've created over one million new jobs while the rest of the nation lost over two million." Said Perry.

    Fine Mr. Ponzi man. If at all you love your country, why should you wait until you are elected in order to create jobs?? Why not advise those who are in power now to do what helps and let the suffering end immediately. I do think it is all about talks, nothing more Texas man!

    October 26, 2011 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  4. mdn

    All 2.5 million jobs will be in the fast food industry, part time, and at minimum wage...just like he did in Texas.

    October 26, 2011 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  5. WhereIsPalin

    "...and political analysts have said he probably will have to go negative sooner rather than later ..."

    It's sad to think that this type of campaining will help elect a president. Do people really vote based on these ads?

    October 26, 2011 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  6. Scott

    With all of the people you have propping you up, you're still lackluster at best and a waste of time at worst. C'mon maaaan... Is this the basket you want to put all of your eggs in?

    October 26, 2011 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Gov. Perry's economic plan is increased oil production.
    Hey, you folks in the Rust Belt states, how do you like Perry's plan to increase oil exploration in national parks?
    Hey, you folks in the Silicon Valley, how do you like Perry's plan to increase oil drilling off of your coast line?
    Hey, you farmers in the Plains States, how do you like Perry's plan to build a pipeline through your farms?
    Hey, you fishermen in the Gulf States, how do you like Perry's plan to build more oil ports in Texas?
    Hey, you folks facing home foreclosures, what do you think of Perry saying, "I don't care."?
    Hey, America. Wake up. Perry has one priority, and it is not US.

    October 26, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  8. Enough is Enough

    Rick the country doesn't need your kind of job creation which hurts the country more than it helps. You turned Texas into a magnet for illegals and a large part of the jobs created in Texas went to illegals. If lettuce cost 10 cents a head less because an illegal picked it, it doesn't matter when you figure in we taxpayers paid to have the lettuce pickers kids go to school k-12. Net loss for the U.S.

    October 26, 2011 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  9. diridi

    All Minimum Wage, no health Care benefit, Oil companies robberies, Illegals, H1B visa expired guys, ha.. Ha...way to go....

    October 26, 2011 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
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