Pro-Bachmann PAC ad set for South Carolina
September 1st, 2011
09:16 AM ET
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Pro-Bachmann PAC ad set for South Carolina

(CNN) - A new ad backed by an independent organization supporting Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann's presidential run will begin airing in South Carolina Wednesday, according to the groups co-founder.

Veteran political operative Bob Harris, who launched "Keep Conservatives United," a so-called SuperPAC, in July, said the 30-second spot will run for one week in Columbia, South Carolina on CNBC, Fox News and CNN.

The commercial, much like the group's first web video takes aim at Texas Gov. and GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry over his fiscal history in the Lone Star state.

"Rick Perry's spending more money than the state takes in, covering his deficits with record borrowing. And he's supposed to be the tea party guy?" the spot says. "There is an honest conservative and she's not Rick Perry."

Under Federal Election Commission rules, a "Super PAC" can accept unlimited donations but must report its contributors and cannot coordinate with a candidate. Other candidates, including Romney and President Barack Obama have SuperPACs established by former aides to help in their fundraising efforts.

Harris, who started his career with the late North Carolina Sen. Jesse Helms in 1978, said he chose South Carolina because the first-in-the-South primary state "seems to be the state that Rick Perry is really focusing on since he's a southern candidate."

"Nobody will go after Rick Perry so I thought I would," Harris told CNN. "His record doesn't match the big talk."

Bachmann and Perry remain near the top of national presidential polls of Republican candidates. In a CNN/ORC International Poll released Monday, Perry received 27 percent support ahead of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's 14 percent, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's 10 percent and Bachmann's nine percent.

- CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Michele Bachmann • Rick Perry • South Carolina
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. chrisg510

    bachmann, You are waisting you time and money. The good people of SC do NOT want you or your politics

    September 1, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  2. Jersey Bob

    Harris, the Super PAC honcho, formerly worked with Jesse Helms??!!?! Well there you have it. Certainly a progressive and forward-looking team if ever there was one. Maybe David Duke needs a job too......

    September 1, 2011 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  3. Larry L

    I'm trying to imagine a "pro-Bachman" ad... How about "Let's kill the EPA – You've got two lungs!" Or maybe "Vote for Michelle – She can pray away Rick Perry's love of corn dogs". Or how about "Michelle – She may be stupid but she's really, really Christian!".

    September 1, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  4. NVa Native

    Is the Repub party so utterly reduced to mindless wandering to let these creepy ideologs – that are their front runners – run rampant??? Having these right-wing extremists out there blurting out what ever concocted silliness pops into their feeble brains is insulting to all Americans.

    It’s like the Dems having Maxine Walters, Denise Kucinich, Rob Blogovitch and Jesse Ventura as front runners.

    September 1, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  5. AntiFringe

    "ad backed by an independent organization supporting Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann's presidential run"..."takes aim at Texas Gov. and GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry"

    What's wrong with the way we find our "best"? There has to be a better way to find qualified candidates other than throwing unlimited money around.

    September 1, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  6. lynn

    Singing Happy Birthday to Elvis on the anniversary of his death should be more than enough to disqualify her to run for the highest office in our Country. Everybody whose anybody in the U.S. knows Elvis's life story, she obviously is foreign born.

    September 1, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  7. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It sounds like Perry is going to be a wonder boy either for the tea people. This is not to say that I like Bachmann either. I think that they both need to grow up a bit and learn to understand that compromise is needed.

    September 1, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  8. Clwyd

    Oh please! This woman needs to be committed before she harms herself and America!

    September 1, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |