Perry blasts pro-Bachmann super PAC's ad
September 2nd, 2011
01:23 PM ET
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Perry blasts pro-Bachmann super PAC's ad

(CNN) – Rick Perry's GOP presidential campaign blasted as "blatantly false" a new ad put up in South Carolina by a pro-Michele Bachmann "superPAC," in a press release Thursday.

The Texas governor's campaign said the ad misrepresents the governor's fiscally conservative record in his state. Veteran political operative Bob Harris is behind the 30-second spot through "Keep Conservatives United," the so-called "super PAC" he founded in July in support of (but independent from) Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann's run for the GOP nomination.

The commercial, much like the group's first web video, takes aim at Perry over his Lone Star state record.

"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."

The Perry campaign released a statement Thursday afternoon that broke down the ad and refuted its premise, saying the Texas governor has signed six balanced budgets and created jobs.

"Congresswoman Bachmann's front-group ad is patently and provably false," said Ray Sullivan, Perry's communications director. "Unlike Washington, the Texas budget is balanced, does not run deficits and limits spending, even as Texas added jobs and population in big numbers."

Harris has not provided the size of the ad buy but originally indicated he had bought local time in Columbia to run on CNBC, Fox News and CNN for a week. He said the size of the buy would eventually be disclosed in a "Keep Conservatives United" FEC report required of a super PAC.

- CNN's Candy Crowley and Shawna Shepherd contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • Michele Bachmann • Rick Perry • South Carolina
soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. The Real Tom Paine

    Bachmann is right: he used stim money to balance budgets to cover the debts he ran up due to slashing tax rates. What she does not mention is that he used the money to balance budgets retroactively, which is like altering a grade on a transcript. He also increased public sector jobs at double the rate of private sector growth, then, when no more stim money was available, he balanced the budget by slashing payrolls. What Bachmann's ad also neglects to say is that TX has seen some of the highest property tax increases in the country, another classic conservative fiscal con job of kicking the can down the road to local governments: does this sound like the sort of thing the GOP?TP has advocated, or is it just another example of the pathological lie that is conservative governing? New York has seen greater job growth in recent months, and this is with a very regressive income tax and the high cost of maintaining an aging infrastructure with an aging population. It can be done, but not by a man who has spent virtually all of his adult life in government, ducking responsibility for the lousy effects of his policies.

    September 2, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  2. cindy

    WHERES THE JOBS BACHMAN? You are arepresentative of congress aren't you? oh you have to campaign even though your chances for being President is like a snowball in hell. oh...thats right...congress has been on vacation more than doing the peoples work.oh......oops forgot you signed that norquist n ilk pledge so your pledge to the people means your actual accomplishments since election-NOTHING!!!

    September 2, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  3. Stu Steinberg

    Too funny. I can't believe that I actually agree with something that Michelle Bachmann's supporters said. Rick Perry is the liar, plain and simple. He could not have balanced his budgets without accepting money from the federal stimulus packages. This was particularly true when it came to shortfalls in Texas' medicare and medicaid programs, which he and the neo-fascist Texas legislature had cut to the bone. 97% of Texas' 2010 budget deficit was funded with stimulus money. Rick Perry makes LBJ look like a piker when it comes to corruption and seeing that his friends get Texas taxpayers' money in exchange for donations to his political campaigns.

    September 2, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  4. RG

    It was just a matter of time before the tea baggers tore into each other, pointing out how hypoctritical the other is, without realizing their own hypcrisy.

    September 2, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  5. SecedingfromTexas

    Rick Perry:
    1. By Texas law, had to balance the budget, but the way he did it was pure manipulation. Way to complicated, but
    included deferred payments to 2013 and 2014 which will then eat up the rainy day funds to meet obligations,
    gutted funds for education, teacher layoffs, and unemployment has risen the last three months to 8.4% in July.
    Highest since 1987. August not yet released.

    2. Sent a bill to the Federal Goverment for $350M to pay for illegals who are in State prisons and County jails, but
    3. Signed a bill allowing in-State tuition to illegals' children, if they have lived in Texas for 3 years, graduated from
    any Texas high school, and "promised" to seek citizenship. The Universities and Colleges are, of course, public,
    not private. Illegal is illegal,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,unless
    4. Vetoed HB 2006 protecting private property rights and eminent domain, but look up land he did take for his "friends"
    5. "Requested" the State Legislature to "seal" his travel record, which they did, and now we do not know what it
    is costing taxpayers for OUR "Texas lawmen" to travel the Country protecting him while he campaigns. Not exactly Texas business.
    The list is long, and each one gives insight as to how Perry would run the Country. Not pretty folks.
    Bachmann is not any better.

    September 2, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  6. NVa Native

    Hopefully the truth will come out about both of them.

    Crazy eyes and distant grimace – we don't deserve either.

    September 2, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  7. Larry L

    This is the first time I've seem Michelle Bachman tell the truth! Texas is broken and Perry did nothing to help our ravaged economy. Our comptroller here in Texas should be charged with crimes for helping Perry cook the books until the 2010 ended. Our jobs are all government jobs mostly caused by the BRAC closures. Perry did nothing but pander to right-wingers and oil companies.

    It's great to see these Bible-thumping, bigoted morons consume themselves.

    September 2, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  8. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    President Obama may not really need to go on the attack against our "beloved" govner of Texas because it looks like the GOP hopeless, I mean hopefuls just might do it for him. By the time they are through many may know what most of us here in Texas already know about Rick Perry and a lot of it ain't pretty.

    September 2, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  9. ThinkAgain

    Parry and Bachmann are both liars and wouldn't know a fact if it stepped on their foot. Who cares?

    September 2, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  10. ThinkAgain

    From 'The increase in jobs [in Texas] hasn't kept pace with the rise in the state's population — so the number of jobless Texans also has risen, along with the state’s unemployment rate. And Texas is tied with Mississippi for the highest percentage of hourly workers paid at or below the minimum wage."

    September 2, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  11. ThinkAgain

    From "For the last 41 years Texas has added more jobs than any other state, and in most years, has led the nation in job creation. So Gov. Perry can claim that these jobs were created on his watch, but they were created on everybody else’s watch too."

    Texas' unemployment rate, while still below the national average, is now higher than that of 26 states.

    September 2, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  12. CoJo

    Truth hurts?
    Even if he balanced the state's budget, he did it by robbing funds allocated for the poor and elderly.

    September 2, 2011 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  13. ThinkAgain

    For the last several years (under Parry's governorship), Texas has benefited from an increase in government jobs and higher fuel prices. In terms of the total number of jobs, government in Texas is the second largest sector.

    Parry is now trying to balance his state's budget deficit by cutting back on school funding and government jobs.

    September 2, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  14. ThinkAgain

    Another fun factoid about Parry: Since so many Texas jobs pay at or below minimum wage (elder care positions, as well as convention-related jobs and such), Texas has the highest percentage of residents lacking health insurance (26 percent) in the nation.

    Also,Texas ranks first in the nation in the proportion of jobs for high-school dropouts. The state ranks 31st in the proportion of jobs requiring a bachelor's degree.

    Parry's response? Cut education funding and do a poor job of training Texas' workforce.

    September 2, 2011 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
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