Perry: ‘I'm a doer, not a talker’
October 31st, 2011
09:09 AM ET
6 years ago

Perry: ‘I'm a doer, not a talker’

(CNN) - For the second time in two weeks, Rick Perry's blanketing Iowa with ads touting his record creating jobs.

"If you're looking for a slick politician or a guy with great teleprompter skills, we already have that, and he's destroying our economy. I'm a doer, not a talker," says the Texas governor and Republican presidential candidate, smiling into the camera. "In Texas we created 40% of the new jobs in the entire country since June of 2009. And we cut a record $15 billion from our state budget. Now they say we can't do that in Washington. Well, they're wrong, and they need to go."

Perry's campaign confirms that the new spot is running statewide in Iowa, the first state to vote in the presidential caucus and primary calendar. But the campaign wouldn't give more details on how long the commercial will run, or how much money they are putting into the buy.

Last week Perry went up on Iowa television with the first paid ad of his bid for the GOP presidential nomination. In that commercial Perry pledges to create two and a half million jobs.

Soon after he launched his campaign for the White House in mid-August, Perry quickly surged in the national polls, jumping to the top of the field of candidates. But following some lackluster debate performances in September and early October, Perry faded in both national and state polling. A new Des Moines Register survey of likely Iowa GOP caucus goers indicates Perry at 7%, tied for fifth place, and far behind former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and businessman and former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain, the front-runners in the poll.

But Perry's campaign appears to have a deep war chest to pay for paid ads and get out the vote efforts in the early voting states. Perry had $15 million cash on hand as of October 1.

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soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. dnick47

    Mostly you're a liar. Stay in Texas.

    October 31, 2011 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  2. ConservaFASCISTS/TeaHadists/Tea Queda/TeaLiban

    Here we go with the teleprompter jokes again. These republicans are so lame.

    October 31, 2011 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  3. The Real Tom Paine

    Alright, I'll bite: what did he actually do? I understand the Governor of Texas is a weak political position, so what did he actually do?

    October 31, 2011 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Perry says, "In Texas we created 40% of the new jobs in the entire country since June of 2009. "
    Remember that when Perry, or any hard line conservative for that matter, tells you that the Stimulus didn't create any jobs. Because May and June of 2009 is when the first of the Stimulus funds began going to the states, starting with the largest.

    October 31, 2011 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  5. ralph

    "I'm a doer" Sounds just like George W. Bush again.....remember "I 'm the decider". Another complete BUFOON! You obviously do not have to be able to walk and chew gum at the same time to be governor of Texas.

    October 31, 2011 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  6. ObamaCares

    Slick Rick. It sounds like he is talking now, this time out of both sides of his mouth. He has also demonstrated that he can't read from his own note cards, or pass basket weaving. What a dunce!!

    October 31, 2011 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  7. RINO Bil

    Well Rick, if you ever manage to accomplish anything of note, then you can talk about it. Otherwise ... silence is golden.

    October 31, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  8. ED FL

    How can you do anything when you are talking all the time. Most of the talking is about yourself and you greatness. That ineptness was prevalent in the debates you took part in.

    October 31, 2011 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  9. Tired of the nonsense

    Nah, sounds like a talker to me. All talk, no truth.

    Compare that with Bush who said he was a uniter, not a divider. That fake president was the worst divider this country ever had. It split this country in two - the intelligent people and the sheeple who liked Bush.

    October 31, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  10. Mindie in Indie

    Yes, Rick, we see what you've done to Texas – doesn't it rank lowest in just about everything? How very impressive!

    October 31, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  11. Sniffit

    It's ok, Cowboy Fonzie...we can criticize you mercilessly for the things you do just as much as the things you say. Moron.


    October 31, 2011 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  12. Peter

    Another Texas governor who admittedly isn't good at speaking and refers to himself as a doer? Really? Are we really going in that direction again?

    October 31, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  13. Emery

    Perry needs to drop out of the race, alongside Cain and Bachmann. Even though it's obvious that Obama will win another term next year, it's still even more obvious that a handful of these candidates are starting to flake at the edges.

    October 31, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  14. Rudy NYC

    "I'm a doer, not a talker."

    But what does he do? He doesn't do debates very well. He doesn't do facts very well. He does do mud slinging. He does do crony capitalism.

    October 31, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |

    Yeah, I'm gonna trust a guy who got a D in economic, and a guy that thinks minimum wage jobs with zero benefits is some sort of accomplishment.

    October 31, 2011 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  16. v_mag

    The fact is, he's not much of a doer or a talker. Texas has a weak governor, with power vested in the Lieutenant Governor, which is how Perry has been able to make it this far. Mostly, Gov. Perry combs his hair, assumes poses in front of the mirror, and relaxes in the $10K/mo. apartment furnished him at taxpayer expense.

    Rick Perry is not much of anything, really. There's no substance to him.

    October 31, 2011 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  17. ricnaustin

    Doer alright: cut education, cut EPA, cut first responders, took Federal funding to balance an whacked out bad budget, helped the wealthy and large corporations, takes huge gifts (no limit in Texas) in exchange for business deals and appointments. Yup, he's a doer.

    Not a talker? I didn't know a top of the pack politician was supposed to be an idiot.

    As for creating 40% of all the jobs in the U.S? Most of those were government jobs, not jobs "he" created.

    You don't like to debate because you can't: you have no substance. You only debated 4 times in your 20 year history in politics in Texas. You refused to Debate during your last campaign for governor, because you didn't have to (everything fed to you with silk gloves and a silver spoon).

    It's over Perry Pretty Hair. You're not capable. If you can't negotiate with world leaders, or men in Washington, you have no right to be there representing the U.S.A. It was bad enough with "Dubya," no no desire to finish off this country with you.

    BTW, Obama inherited this miss, since you probably don't read either. GET INFORMED!

    October 31, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  18. Real Patriot

    Hmmmm...."I'm a doer not a talker...."

    Let's see-Obama got Health Care passed, oh and Financial reform...he took out Somali Pirates, Bin Laden and Ghaddafi...he's making it possible for kids to go to college--all without any help from the GOTea.....

    Sounds like we're good Rick! Thanks for playin'.....

    October 31, 2011 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  19. MTT

    Mr. "all hat, no cattle" has a nickname in Texas, slick rick. The fact is he is a talker and usually when he opens his mouth ... lies fall out. He's texas toast!

    October 31, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  20. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Rick, I hate to break this to you, you are neither.

    October 31, 2011 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  21. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Remember when Ponzi said he would secede from the United States? He didn't do that either.

    October 31, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  22. Recovering Republican

    Isin't that the problem????? The last moron gov. from Texas was also a doer, and we have been cleaning up his doody for the last three years. How about we (The American People) start insisting on some intelligence to go along with all that conviction. Otherwise, we (The American People), will find ourselves sold out to corporate interests once again.

    October 31, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  23. FIELD1stSGT

    AMEN. Perry is the man for the job. All the others running for the GOP are only standard politicians and will not defeat Obama and his fradulent tactics.

    October 31, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  24. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    When it comes to sucking off the government teat, Rick is a doer.

    October 31, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  25. MTT

    ... and running carefully produced tv ads made by smart people is his preferred campaign style. that way he isn't embarrassing himself by talking or doing.

    October 31, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
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