Perry ad knocks frontrunners as non-conservative 'insiders'
December 15th, 2011
01:06 PM ET
3 years ago

Perry ad knocks frontrunners as non-conservative 'insiders'

(CNN) – Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich are both the same breed of Washington insider, according to a new television ad from Rick Perry's campaign released Thursday.

Airing statewide in Iowa and nationally on Fox News, the ad paints Perry's rivals as non-conservatives who voted to raise taxes and ignored soaring federal debt.

A narrator describes the problem: "Reckless spending and high taxes are destroying our economy. The problem? Political insiders. Newt Gingrich supported increasing the federal debt ceiling one trillion dollars and billions in new earmarks. Mitt Romney raised business taxes 20 percent in Massachusetts."

The ad goes on to suggest Perry's ideas and outsider status are leaving establishment candidates shaking.

"Rick Perry's plans to create jobs and overhaul Washington with a part-time Congress make him the outsider political insiders fear most," the narrator says.

In a statement accompanying the ad's release, Perry's communications director continued to knock Gingrich and Romney.

"The two current frontrunners for the Republican nomination support distinctly unconservative policies like government-mandated health insurance and federal bailouts," Perry Communications Director Ray Sullivan said. "As someone who has never served in Washington or been an establishment favorite, Gov. Perry is the one candidate with the record and reform plans to truly change Washington, D.C."

Perry, who raised nearly $17 million in the third fundraising quarter, has been rolling out ads in Iowa and on national cable for the past several weeks. The most controversial spot touted his socially conservative views, suggesting President Barack Obama was waging a "war on religion."

Since his large fundraising haul, Perry's poll numbers have dropped in state and national polls.


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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Yeah.. Rick Perry as Republican Presidential Nominee. After that he'll be a shoe in for Biggest Loser!

    December 15, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  2. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    It sounds like an effective ad. Kudos Perry campaign. The ad does make legitimate points. They both support individual mandates, which is a no no for teatards, and they both are flip floppers which is a no no for the entire country. Too little too late for this ad though Rick. You should have came out with this one prior to that stupid ad against the President saying he's waging war against religion. But I know what you're doing. You're pandering to those home-schooled, uneducated Iowa primary voters.

    December 15, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  3. Thomas

    Perry / Enron

    ?

    December 15, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Were it not for his money, Perry would be a non-factor. Isn't a bit odd for an "outsider" to step onto the DC politcial stage and immediately raise that much money?

    December 15, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  5. Annie

    Perry. Delusion.

    December 15, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  6. martha

    Perry every debate you look like a deer caught in the headlights which way do I go which way do I go. Go home

    December 15, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    ""Reckless spending and high taxes are destroying our economy."

    Yes, high taxes that are the lowest they've been in almost a century. High taxes that are lower than the taxes during the Clinton years and the great economy he created. High taxes that are far lower in terms of effective tax rate for the uber-wealthy than they are for the middle class. High taxes that consistently result in giant corporations claiming ZERO tax liability.

    The only things "high" about today's taxes are the GOPers/Teatrolls trying to mischaracterize them. Here's a little hint: Your lowest-rate-in-decades taxes feel like they hurt you more now than they used to because your greedy turd employers have kept your salaries stagnant for decades such that they now have less buying power than they did in the late 1970's. Put the blame where it freekin belongs.

    December 15, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  8. Gurgi

    Perry has some good ideas, though I don't agree with him about what to do with the illegal alien invaders.

    December 15, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  9. WhereIsPalin

    When we say Perry is an outsider, we are talking about reality, right?

    December 15, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  10. GOP answer to everything~"the middle class can pay for it, then blame the poor or a minority"

    Parry is great – at keeping the Dubya memory alive.

    December 15, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  11. vic , nashville ,tn

    “Airing statewide in Iowa and nationally on Fox News”
    Not surprise look like republicans are moved in to a very small world

    December 15, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  12. lol:)

    Perry is for forced inauculation and supported Al Gore in the 80's. Ron Paul is the only true conservative on stage. Bring our men and women home to protect our border's and be with their loved ones and let Israel fight their own battles.

    -Ron Paul 2012

    December 15, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  13. GOP answer to everything~"the middle class can pay for it, then blame the poor or a minority"

    Didn't Parry say he would end the EPA.... you know the agency that keeps all the industrial waste and other poisons out of our; food, rivers, creeks, air, drinking water, schools, swimming pools, fish, birds, mammals, Bald Eagles, clothes, homes, etc., and who needs that? Certainly not the 1% that are the masters of the GOP.
    What a waste…..the GOP.

    December 15, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    "Didn't Parry say he would end the EPA.... you know the agency that keeps all the industrial waste and other poisons out of our; food, rivers, creeks, air, drinking water, schools, swimming pools, fish, birds, mammals, Bald Eagles, clothes, homes, etc., and who needs that? "

    It's more nuanced than that. EPA keeps industrial filth out of rivers, lakes, water supplies, etc., near where industrial filth is produced and disposed of. Money, wealth, donations, corruption, pandering and political influence keeps industrial filth out of rich neighborhoods and wealthy areas. Ergo, people like Mittens and Cowboy Fonzie and Newtered don't see the need for the EPA and, in fact, figure that getting rid of it would be a great way of using natural selection to make the voting demographics more GOP friendly. After all, who do you think lives nearest inner city industrial areas?

    December 15, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  15. Duke One

    Go PERRY all the way to the White House in 2012 !!

    December 15, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  16. Rudy NYC

    "Didn't Parry say he would end the EPA.... "
    ---–
    They're all out of touch. Didn't Bachmann stand inside of a meat processing plant ***without any hair restraint*** and declare that health regulations were killing jobs at that site?

    December 15, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |