Rick Perry touts jobs record in first paid ad
October 26th, 2011
07:45 AM ET
7 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. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Of course, those 2.5 million jobs will all be minimum wage with no benefits, just like the rest he created in Texas.

    October 26, 2011 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  2. beevee

    Looks like perry can look straight into the camera (or your eyes) and say things that have not truth or abiding. i'll vote for him if he puts it in writing and agrees to leave WH (if he gets there) if the promised job growth is not accomplished in the first year.

    October 26, 2011 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  3. Nothing new here

    I think I like the "Smoking Man" in Herman Cain's ads better!! This is all promises – promises, promises. We have all heard this before. If anything, this Perry should have been out creating (and protecting) jobs LONG before his campaign. But it way too easy to assist BIG PHARMA and non-citizens. And in the meantime, Texas burns....

    October 26, 2011 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Perry's polls have dropped like a load of boulders to the bottom of the sea. He is now grasping at all and any straws he can to stay relevant, making empty, incredible promises of securing 2.5 million jobs, when it took him 11 years to secure 1 million.
    But......say what you will about him, he IS one helluva good-looking rascal, map face and all! The fact that he is dumber than a bag of rocks just makes it that much easier to concentrate on his looks.No distractions ;)!

    October 26, 2011 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  5. RINO Bil

    Unless Rick Perry is going to personally hire these 2.5 million, this ad is an outright lie and American voters will recognize it as such. Republican candidates have always made extravagent promises (Recall Hoover's "A Chicken in Every Pot"?) and then blamed Dems when they could not make good on their pledge.

    October 26, 2011 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    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
    Perry: "Just keep throwing stuff out there! Something is bound to stick"
    I'mnot surprised that someone who is a half-step away from believing the earth is flat would come up with something as unviable, and "well-though-out" as a "flat-tax".

    October 26, 2011 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  7. Will

    Did he mentioN that most of the jobs there were produced in Texas wer GOVERNMENT JOBS and more specifically FEDERAL GOVERNMENT JOBS, probably not?

    October 26, 2011 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  8. The Real Tom Paine

    Ask yourself this: could you feed your family on $8 an hour, working 60 to 80 hours a week, and expect to ever qualify for a mortgage? What if you get sick, and your employers don't offer health insurance because the health law has been repealed? I have not met a single person who has said the healthcare law has prevented them from hiring or that any of the new regulations have stifled their business or driven it under. Perry is operating on a set of assumptions his paid handlers in a think tank, divorced from reality and blinded and/ or drunk with ideology, have presented to him and he is parroting. There is nothing new here, just a wish list from bored billionaires who are upset because they are being held accountable. All the plans from Perry, Cain, et all, do one thing: stifle your chances of ever getting ahead by ensuring you never get that opportunity. They scream class warfare, but they are the ones launching and directing the assault.

    October 26, 2011 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  9. rdarkchild

    They will all be at BURGER KING, but there will be 2.4 million jobs.

    October 26, 2011 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  10. PA_outof work

    Candidate Perry, repeal every law put in place since 2007, reverse every executive order Obama put in place and you would create 2 to 3 million jobs in a one year time frame. Open up drilling everywhere (drill baby drill) on and around the United States and that creates another 2 million plus jobs. When you elected, eliminate the current tax system, get a flat tax passed, your 20% is too high, and that frees up money for the consumer, drives demand and creates more jobs, long term jobs.

    October 26, 2011 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  11. sortakinda

    WHy not 2.6 Million jobs? He didn't pull THAT number out of the air.

    October 26, 2011 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  12. Lynda/Minnesota

    Who ever spent even a minute lobbying for this man to run as President of the United States is probably as much a fool as Perry is himself for ever thinking he would come across nationally as anything but the washed out Texan he is.

    October 26, 2011 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  13. a in austin

    Hasn't it been drilled in our heads from the gotp that government does not create jobs. I wouldn't trust his word – it means nothing unless you have a pocket full of cash for him.

    October 26, 2011 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  14. billy

    All minimum wage with no benefits or health insurance. But hey, who didn't go to college to work for 5.95 an hour?

    October 26, 2011 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  15. cigarman

    Opening new drilling fields, I agree with as long as the proper regulations are in order. Perry is wanting to cut regulations so that the drilling companies can do what ever they want to do. Number One , the oil and gas drilled for is not sold in the United States, all Americans should be known to realize that. Number Two, as far as oil goes, there is only one or two facilities in the United States that turns the oil into gasoline. I really think that with more production of oil, the oil companies should build more plants to turn oil into gasoline of course under the proper regulations. Without regulations, the United State will look like parts of Puerto Rico, Black Beaches, Closed and rusting refineries along the autopista, from one end of the island to the other. DO NOT trust any Republican to do the right thing for America, they are all crooks wanting to line there own pockets, Wake up America, if the Republicans get in kiss it good-bye.

    October 26, 2011 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  16. Corporations R. People II

    I thought the government didn't create jobs???? So the government is the mysterious job creators that we've been hearing about from Boehner, CANTor, and Sen McTurtle....wait, no, they said the eh hem "small businesses" that co-mingle their personal taxes with their business taxes can't afford to pay a bit more if they're clearing a mil annually. Which is it GOP?

    So Richard would use his Texas model? Use stimulus money, grow the public sector greatly and sprinkle in a few low-wage low-benefit jobs? Any concerns for clean air and water or will those be considered luxury goods going forward?
    Bush 2.0 only dumber. No thanks.

    October 26, 2011 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  17. Rudy NYC

    Gov. Perry's solution for the economy is almost laughable. When the only tool in your toolbox is a hammer, then every problem is solved with a hammer. The oil industry is big business in Texas, which represents a significant segment of their job market. Perry's solution may be a good fit for the state of Texas. Perry's solution is a complete joke for the 50 states.

    October 26, 2011 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  18. af

    You are right Perry, you are going to create 2.5 million jobs at $ 5. 2per hour just like you do in Texas. So people can earn $12.000 a year. That's right

    October 26, 2011 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  19. Phil in KC

    Most of the jobs that Perry created in Texas were low-paying, no benefit jobs that would not support any family. And the ones that weren't were in Big Oil. Well, not every state has oil in their back yard and "drill, baby, drill" is not a jobs plan.

    October 26, 2011 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  20. Name king

    Aahh hell another fake promise. When will these repugs know, that cutting taxes and deregulation doesn't stimulate the economy in a global economy, all that does is give incentive and freedom to allow corporations to run to china like they've been doing in the bush administration. Hell corporations pays almost zero taxes right now and the regulations are about the same as the bush administration, and we are still spiraling into nothings. Lesson the government need to focus on rebuilding our economy by taxing the rich and stop the the out pouring of tax dollars going to build china while starving us.

    October 26, 2011 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  21. Josh P

    Well, if you're unemployed and can get behind an addition of more minimum wage jobs, similar to the ones Perry "created" in Texas, go ahead and throw your vote behind him.

    October 26, 2011 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  22. Bill, NY

    Jobs in Texas were created despite the fact that Perry is the Governor. When you look at the type of jobs created, they are nothing to brag about. Minimum wage jobs with little or no benefits. When you look at his tax plan, it is more of the same tired republican nonsense that gives those who need it the least the biggest tax breaks. With plans for job creation like his we will soon be a nation of two classes, the labororsa and the plantation owners.

    October 26, 2011 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  23. Indy

    Opening oil and gas feilds is what oil and gas companies do, not Presidents. Perry forgot to mention in his infolie how rich he got on a Governors salary while all of these minimum wage jobs were created.

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

    Create jobs? Oh no, then OCW protesters will feel less entitled to handouts!

    October 26, 2011 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  25. RINO Bil

    Why doesn't he just promise a chicken in every pot as long as he is lying to us?

    October 26, 2011 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
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