Perry: ‘I'm a doer, not a talker’
October 31st, 2011
09:09 AM ET
2 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. a in austin

    What a joke – he creates jobs ok. Check out the new head of the transportation dept. and their directors making twice as much as the last director and the people under him will make about $250,000/yr. with no experience in the transportation dept. Cronyism.

    October 31, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  2. Sgt. Joe

    Nice try, simpleton. We're done with tough-talking Texans leading this country. No need to repeat that disaster; sitll digging out, thanks.

    October 31, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  3. Rsprings

    Is that like..I'm a decide rlike GWB?. Let's hope he is not a divider like BHO.

    October 31, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  4. NRC

    Give me a break, this guy has worked in the Gov't his entire career. He has never actually had to "work" you know where if the company struggles people lose jobs. If the Gov't struggles they just call on tax payers for more money to protect guys like Rick Perry. I am so tired of career politicians like Obama and Perry acting like they work hard. It is a fairy tale.

    October 31, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  5. Jaywing

    Get real Perry, You didn't create jobs in Texas, the oil companies did without any help from you, and most of those were at minimum wage. It's obvious and Americans aren't going to be taken in by your jabbering. Slick - like an oil slick, Ricky.

    October 31, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  6. Puddin

    Perry is trying to convince people to vote for him even if he can't put a sentence together. We 've already had one like that; remember GWB, his lack of smarts got us into the mess we are in? Perry would not debate with Bill White, former mayor of Houston, in the last governor's election. He knew his lack of smarts would stick out like a sore thumb. The Republican party is big on "no regulations" on anyone; just let all big business do their thing. They "rubber-stamped" anything GWB wanted, and now, as President Obama says "they drove us into a ditch, and they want the keys back." The reason the mess we are in doesn't get better is the Repubs priority of making the president "a one-term" president." They, and some Democrats, refuse to work with him for that reason. Think about it; they would behave this way with so many citizens suffering , having lost their way of life....in their homes (now forclosed) and without a job; no way to provide for their children. It is truly sad, and these sorry politicians in Congress should be run out of town.

    October 31, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  7. Jack in Florida

    Ha Ha Ha....that's a good laugh. He's a good ole boy that's afraid to talk with his fellow candidates because he is dumb. He has snowed the people of Texas for all of these years with his "charming ways." On the big stage, his truth is coming through. Hang it up now Rick, so you don't embarrass yourself any further.

    October 31, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  8. Clwyd

    Perry, You are neither!

    October 31, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  9. ThinkAgain

    Parry claims that his economic plan will create 2.5 million jobs. Two things to keep in mind: That is a slower rate than job creation under President Obama and these will all be minimum wage jobs without benefits, like the ones he crows about have been made in Texas under his administration.

    October 31, 2011 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  10. steve

    Thats a good thing. After seeing clips of a speech this weekend his speech is as coherent as a 6 year old!

    October 31, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  11. Ed DFWTX

    Wrong! Having lived in Texas under Perry he has proven over and over again he is a taker for himself and definitely not a doer for the average people. Maybe for big business oil and the rich but not the common person.

    October 31, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  12. Bill

    Just a good 'ole boy from Texas, huh? Been there, done that. Sorry, the American people are not buying what your selling.

    October 31, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  13. Enough is Enough

    We know the illegals think so with your reduced toution at taxpayer expense.

    October 31, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
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