Perry compares Obama to Carter in new ad
December 1st, 2011
12:16 PM ET
3 years ago

Perry compares Obama to Carter in new ad

(CNN) - Rick Perry's string of ads slamming President Barack Obama continued Thursday with a television spot comparing the incumbent Democrat with former Democratic president Jimmy Carter.

Perry's campaign said the ad will run statewide in Iowa. Perry's campaign has previously purchased television advertising space on national cable, and Iowa and New Hampshire broadcast networks.

The latest ad, called "Energy Jobs," shows Obama and Carter making similar-sounding statements on foreign energy, several decades apart.

Jimmy Carter is shown saying, "This intolerable dependence on foreign oil." Carter spoke those words during an energy address in 1979.

Carter is juxtaposed with President Obama saying, "We must end this dependence on foreign oil." On-screen text crosses out Carter's name and replaces it with Obama's.

Perry appears next, decrying the lack of action from the United States on ending reliance on foreign energy sources.

"It's almost 2012. And we're still addicted to foreign oil," Perry says. "It's almost 2012. And we're still addicted to foreign oil. President Obama and Washington? All talk. No action. I'm an outsider so I'll step on a few toes if necessary to reopen our oil and gas fields. Let's eliminate excessive regulations. That will create over a million jobs."

In a statement accompanying the ad's release, Perry's campaign communications director said the energy issue was one of the candidate's top priorities.

"Our county's reliance on unstable, foreign nations as energy sources is dangerous," Perry campaign communications director Ray Sullivan said. "Gov. Perry's top priority for revitalizing domestic energy is becoming energy independent. This new ad underscores his commitment to utilizing all of our country's national energy sources and creating American jobs."


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soundoff (51 Responses)
  1. Phil in KC

    I'd still vote for Carter over Perry.

    December 1, 2011 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  2. JamiJ

    Just what the country needs, another Texas governor looking to protect big oil by de-regulating them, giving them more corporate welfare and pocketing their camapaign contributions. Great, that worked so well for the country the last time around with 'W.' Perry is unworthy of the office he's seeking.

    December 1, 2011 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  3. af

    Perry needs to go back to school to increase his GPA before he can officially admit to the White House

    December 1, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  4. shoegazer

    Rick,Rick.....just scrape off whatever it is you have soiling your cowboy boots and head back to Texas.The longer you stay in this race,the more irrelevant you become.

    December 1, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  5. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAhadists

    You're a Texas governor who will give no bid contracts to oil companies so you can drill baby drill. What are your alternatives for energy INDEPENDENCE other than domestic drilling Ricky?

    December 1, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  6. KatR

    Perry seems to forget that the Alaskan Pipeline, built by the Reagan administration, quelled all the rhetoric about dependence on foreign oil. That pipeline is falling apart now and requires millions to maintain it. Proof that the "drill, baby drill" mantra is not realistic. Sooner or later fossil fuels in America will be exhausted and then what will Republicans offer as a solution? It's long past the time of Carter that we need to use our brains to implement alternative technologies like the wind and the sun. If it's left to the GOP America will no longer be the beautiful country we sing about.

    December 1, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  7. REG in AZ

    If the people, especially the working class, look at the "why" when considering the economy, then Obama should win easily.  Not because he has done so well with the economy but because the causes of the problems can easily be traced back to before him and the cause for the continuation of the problems can be totally identified with the Republicans putting their political ambitions above all else as they stubbornly fault and arrogantly block all efforts and just protect the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy (1%).  It would be very hard to see any conscience or responsible consideration of the majority (99%) from the Republican / Tea Party or to expect anything other than “more of the same”, Bush-Cheney style, from them – that is simply the absolute reality; now we only need to see if the voters will even consider reality (the Republicans and their influential, powerful and extremely wealthy supporters are working very hard to see that they don't).

    December 1, 2011 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  8. Emperor Norton

    If you're still pushing for oil drilling and eliminating regulations in the wake of the BP oil spill, you might as well go on national television with your sponsoring oil companies' logos tattooed on your forehead.

    December 1, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  9. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Gov. Perry's top priority for revitalizing domestic energy is becoming energy independent. This new ad underscores his commitment to utilizing all of our country's national energy sources and creating American jobs."

    Ricky's going after the big oil donors is he? Too funny. Especially considering Rick Perry hasn't a leg to stand on politically. Pretty sure those donors are looking elsewhere ... "Lobbying Newt" being my choice of who they want representing them now.

    December 1, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  10. Pam from Iowa

    This ad is airing here in Iowa. You wasted your money Perry!
    Only the daftest individual doesn't understand that it is Congress that impedes our independence from foreign oil!
    Besides, I liked Jimmy Carter! (still do!)

    December 1, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  11. debra

    Just think if we had listened to President Carter!! We'd be FAR better off now!!

    December 1, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  12. joe

    who really cares what rick perry has to say? the way i see it is that the GOP can't seem to make up their mind on anything. they blame the president for doing too much. then they blame him for not doing enough. which is it? i consdier myself an independent voter and not someone who votes for a particular party automatically. the only GOP canidate i could ever consider voting for next year is huntsman. we know that is not going to happen because the GOP is so screwed up.

    December 1, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  13. passed

    I will elect Jimmy carter any day then Reagan or bushes...or any of current GOP contenders. He was way ahead of his time and in right direction. World would have been a much better place today if we would implemented his policies.

    December 1, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  14. debra

    PS–deregulating big oil? look no further than the annihilation of Louisiana!!!

    December 1, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  15. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    The similarities between Carter and Obama are very real. It can all be summed up as two of the biggest failures in the Whitehouse that this country has ever seen. Both clueless, both non-leaders, both fingerpointers.

    December 1, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  16. larry

    Perry needs to campaign abainst Romney and not worry about Obama

    December 1, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  17. Joi Gibson

    Whenever I hear Rick Perry speak, I just cringe. He sounds as if he is not even sure of what he's saying. Oh wait . . .

    December 1, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  18. Mike, Albany

    You can't drill your way to energy independence! This is coming from a guy who wants to abolish the Department of Energy, one of the main sources of funding for energy R&D. The fact is that there was a very active alternate energy research program under Carter, but Regan ended it. If Regan hadn't done that, we'd be 30 years ahead in clean energy technologies, and maybe 9/11 wouldn't have happened.

    December 1, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  19. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Let's see... Obama shut down the rigs in the Gulf, shutdown the pipeline from Canada and sent money to Brazil to fund THEIR oil drilling. Sure sounds like Obama wants to create one heck of an energy crisis, or as HE puts it "cause the price of electricity to sky rocket". (along with the price of gasoline)

    December 1, 2011 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  20. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    Well, at least, after November, Carter can pass on to Obama the Worst President in History Award.

    December 1, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  21. enough of lies

    Are You Better Off Now than 4 Years Ago, Ask 26 million Unemployed and Underemployed and the answer is NO, We Are Not Better Off

    December 1, 2011 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    Unfortunately, one cannot compare Perry to any former president, nor any highly regarded politician. The best comparison that can be made for Perry is the Micky Mouse's pet cartoon dog, Goofy.

    December 1, 2011 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  23. v_mag

    I think a more apt comparison would be Rick Perry and Howdy Doody. Or, just Rick Perry and doody.

    December 1, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  24. duncanandrew

    Again a completely ignorant and stupid move by Rick Perry. Is he admitting defeat? Does he have the IQ of a golf ball?
    The answer to these questions is yes. All the Koch Brothers money can't bail Governor Alzheimer.

    December 1, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  25. tigerakabj

    Perry, I'm surprised you actually remember a president named Jimmy Carter. Good for you son. Now, what's 2×2? No calculators.

    Perry, just go back to Texas and cast your vote for President Obama. Part of his agenda is fixing No Child Left Behind, and you are one of the prime examples of why we need reform our schools for the 21st century.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    December 1, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
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