Perry compares Obama to Carter in new ad
December 1st, 2011
12:16 PM ET
6 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."

Filed under: Energy • Political ads • Rick Perry
soundoff (51 Responses)
  1. sequoia

    Errrr, nice try Perry. Unfortunately for him, Obama's leadership has improved the economy in every respect (example: when Obama took office, the US was LOSING 800,000 jobs a month; now we're GAINING jobs) and his foreign policy has been brilliant and very effective (shall we compare his record to GW Bush's?). Republicans seriously live in an upside-down, backwards fantasy land.

    December 1, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  2. Old School

    @larry, Amen to that.

    December 1, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  3. Tom from Canonsburg

    Jimmy Carter was correct about a whole lot of things back then. Those same things have been biting us in the butt.
    Oil money in Washington has been one of our biggest problems since the 50's. That money is used to influence the public and the politicians. Really the only people that benefit from that influence is Texas & the Middle East. Jimmy Carter is an intelligent honest American, unlike many members of Congress. That does mean both sides of the aisle.

    December 1, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  4. Fair is Fair

    I'd take Carter over the poser-in-chief we have now.

    December 1, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  5. Voice of Reason

    The reasons for Obama saying it are different than the reasons Carter said it. And the reasons each of the seven intervening presidencies said it were different as well. Rick Perry's campaign is over. He doesnt have a ghost of a chance. He is merely consenting to be used by the GOP to do their dirty work. Why would he be putting an ad out there against Obama when he isnt anywhere NEAR the top of the GOP pack?

    And Oh, by the way, Rick: The 'unstable, foreign and dangerous' nation that we get the most oil from? Canada.

    No wonder you got a D in geography.

    December 1, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  6. Voice of Reason

    Really? Blaming Obama because nothing has changed? IN FREAKIN 30 YEARS? Please bear in mind that there have been FIVE republican administrations in that time, and that EVERY one of the current crop of fools running for the GOP presidential nomination has said in essence the same thing – that we need to find a way to energy independence.

    This is more nattering nonsense from a loser who has already lost all credibility. Now apparently his staffers are trying to salvage what's left of his dignity so the GOP can use him as a front-man for their mudslinging and post-primary hatchet-job against the President so Romney doesnt have to get his white gloves dirty.

    December 1, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  7. GI Joe

    If we had listened to Carter, at least a few wars (waste of our young people's lives) would have NOT BEEN FOUGHT. We'd have green energy jobs, and the water in TX wouldn't smell like oil.

    December 1, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  8. GI Joe

    Typical of someone that gets kickbacks from Big Oil.

    December 1, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  9. Tired of the nonsense

    Dude, Carter was probably the most ethical president ever to sit in the White House. So what if he didn't do much as a president? President Obama's presidency has been a resounding success plus he's an ethical, moral individual who upholds the Constitution - something none of the GOP can claim. Comparing Obama to Carter personally? Go right ahead. We're talking about two good, honorable men. Comparing their presidencies? Obama's done a lot, he's tried to do a lot to help the American people and he's someone to be proud of. Carter was ethical, he was moral but he was elected at the wrong time. The country wasn't ready for his message even though he's been proven correct.

    December 1, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  10. durundal

    I'd sooner find a way to vote GWB back than elect perry. At least Bush didnt try to push a theocracy

    December 1, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  11. Larry

    Since you have nothing, your just gonna keep comparing obama to other presidents and hope it gets you in the white house. NOT

    December 1, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  12. Robert

    I noticed that you didn't put Ronnie, GW, or George Sr. up there.. I'm pretty sure they ALL said those exact same things...

    December 1, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  13. Duke One

    Perry is the only one with a real jobs plan to get Americans working again ! Check out his website. PERRY/RUBIO 2012 !!

    December 1, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  14. quinlee

    Jethro Bodine is still at it.

    December 1, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  15. GonzoinHouston

    Jimmy Carter was too good a man to be president.

    It's odd that the governor of the state that is synonymous with oil doesn't understand what every oil company has been saying out loud for decades; there isn't enough oil in America to provide all of America's energy needs! This is why we're drilling deeper and deeper in the Gulf. Claiming that unrestricted drilling would provide energy independence is either a "pants on fire" falsehood or the dumbest thing Perry has ever said in public.

    December 1, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  16. Rudy NYC

    enough of lies wrote:

    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
    Enough lies. Is the economy better off than it was four years ago? Let's look at facts, instead of listening to pom-pom rhetoric. Yay.

    That was when: GDP was running at negative 7%: we were shedding 700,000 jobs per month; unemployment was 7.8% the week Obama was inaugurated; the Dow Jones had just broken above 7000 again; GM and Chrysler couldn't get major loans, not to pay off debt, but just to continue day to day operations because the big banks were not making billion dollar loans to anyone.

    December 1, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  17. stevie

    Obama is, after all, the second Carter administration. One is as incompetant as the other!

    December 1, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  18. Russ in Md

    GI Joe

    "If we had listened to Carter, at least a few wars (waste of our young people's lives) would have NOT BEEN FOUGHT. We'd have green energy jobs, and the water in TX wouldn't smell like oil."

    Let me finish your statement for you: And a big red hammer and sickle flag would be flying over the white house and everyone would be equal under a communist government, living in fear and poverty. Don't forget Regan won the Cold War. Carter couldn’t even save the 50 hostages.

    December 1, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  19. SecedingfromTexas

    "I'm an outsider so I'll step on a few toes if necessary to reopen our oil and gas fields"
    He won't stop at toes, he will put his boot on your neck "if necessary", he will pollute the air, water, and farmlands
    and ranchlands, "if necessary". He will manipulate the regulations if he can't get rid of them.
    If he thinks he is such a big deal outsider, while is he wranglin' so hard to be an insider? Because he smells
    the money, the perks, the limos, Air Force One. The Government has paid his way all of his life, why stop now.

    December 1, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  20. Dave

    Whatever. I would vote for Pee-Wee Herman before that idiot Perry any day. Hell, Carter would whip Perry.

    December 1, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  21. Donkey Party

    Most younger voters do not know very much about President Carter, and if they Googled him, they would see that not only was he a man with integrity, but was also responsible for brokering the peace deal between Egypt and Israel. That alone is the type of achievement that no GOP war-monger will ever be able to claim. Perry is such an idiot, it's amazing he has any support. Actually, it really says a lot about the idiots that do support him.

    December 1, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  22. phoenix86

    Both Carter and Obama are trash.

    December 1, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  23. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Good to see the libertarians and Birchers out today with their inane comments. Bush the younger will always be the worst president in American history. He lied the most, attacked our constitutional rights, started wars with no way of paying for them, drove us to the edge of a great depression, and left 8 million more Americans out of work. Carter created 11 million jobs in one term, and the mistake from Texas created 1 million jobs in two terms.

    December 1, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  24. Peace

    Hello Perry, "you want your life back"? right? Sorry try another time.

    December 1, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  25. JCLfromWyo

    I have worked in the oil and gas industry since the early '60s and my Dad before me. Drilling was at an all time high when Carter was in the White House and fell to a terrible bust in 1982, US oil production is now at a twenty year high and increasing even more. We are drilling here and now.

    December 1, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
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