New video puts Romney and Perry in the ring
October 25th, 2011
03:08 PM ET
11 years ago

New video puts Romney and Perry in the ring

(CNN) - A new web video pits Mitt Romney against Rick Perry as political pugilists, comparing the two candidates to the popular kids game "Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots."

The video, called "Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Romney-Perry," was released by the Super PAC Americans for Cain and features the two GOP presidential candidates going head to head at the CNN Western Republican Presidential Debate last week.

Coupled with dramatic music and special effects reminiscent of a professional wrestling match or a prize fight, the video aims to highlight what many described as a bickering spat between the former Massachusetts governor and the Texas governor over immigration.

As the video ends with an almost inaudible mix of Romney-Perry crosstalk, words appear juxtaposed over the screen: "They're right about one thing: Each other."

The video then switches to the song "Eye of the Tiger," showing a photo of Cain with the words: "There is a conservative choice. Herman Cain."

Over the last month, Cain has surged to the top to compete with Romney as front-runners in the race, while Perry has been sliding in the polls.

In the first national survey since last week's debate, Cain took top choice among likely Republican primary voters, according to a CBS/New York Times poll released Tuesday. Cain came in at 25%, while Romney received 21% of support. The difference fell within the sampling error.

The former Godfather's Pizza CEO isn't the first candidate to pounce on the simmering feud between Perry and Romney.

On Monday, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich compared his fellow candidates to children.

"I literally felt like, the other night, I was the recess monitor on the playground, watching these two kids," Gingrich said at an Iowa event.

- CNN's Shannon Travis contributed to this report.

Also see:

Perry to meet with S.C. governor

Perry on Obama: 'It's fun to poke at him'

Perry to meet with DeMint

Filed under: 2012 • Herman Cain • Mitt Romney • Rick Perry
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    I have to give Newt credit. He recognizes his opening may be about to present itself. Mr. Cain will drop like a rock by the time next GOP debate is held. Once Cain drops, then a new anti-Romney will be scrutinized. Romney will continue to poll the same way, ~23%, right up until the end of the year.

    In January, Romney will probably rise in the polls at the expense of someone else's demise. Who? The Obama campaign seems to want to build up Cain. I think that is a bit of reverse psychology in their part.

    October 25, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  2. maz hess

    cain will bring the perfect storm into the GOP.

    October 25, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  3. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAliban/TEAhadists

    These TEApublican candidates are acting like immature adolescents. Neither one is fit to be POTUS.

    October 25, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  4. Lolo

    They are such liars and hypocrites. Will say and do anything to get elected. They have the nerve to badger President Obama. At least he acts like an adult. The tea partiers have corrupted the republican party and all of them look just just plain out of touch with America. They are not hearing anything that is gong on outside of their little bubbles. Vote Democrat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 25, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    The new CBS/New York Times poll has him coming in fifth nationally among Republican voters. Herman Cain is at 25%; Mitt Romney 21%; Newt Gingrich 10%; Ron Paul 8%; and Perry at only 6%.
    I don't think Cain is going to ride the top of the wave into the new year. I had predicted Cain back in May because he seemed the most capable to step into the role of "being the beast" the conservative base wants to see in their candidate. Then Cain started talking. Then he introduced 9-9-9. Then he spoke some more. Then he introduced 9-0-9. Then he spoke some more. And, amazingly he is still polling strong and seemingly getting stronger. Too bad, he's not getting donations.

    October 25, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  6. John

    What happened to the Republican party. The party of Lincoln is no more it has been replaced with people who are in the Twilight zone......

    October 25, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  7. Fayeanne

    Cain, by trying to knock down his opponents, is merely trying to divert attention from his flawed 999 plan and his verbal blunders as he continues to speak before he thinks. Cain is a great pizza man, but not presidential.

    October 25, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  8. Obama/Biden 2012 - Because we haven't quite destroyed the whole country yet, another 4 years should do it though

    This is what primaries are for. Getting ready to throw Obozo out of the Whitehouse. Mitt will take him down hard.

    October 25, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  9. AlaskaPalin

    Sorry obama. Most of the 9 percent unemployed voted for you. Most of the 9 percent unemployed lose their jobs during your administration. How can you look blacks and latinos in the face and ask them to have hope in you after the devastation that your economy brought into their lives? Perry will be the president in 2012! If the liberals are calling the republican field the worst set of 'morons' they've ever encounter it just goes to show how disappointed the american people are in obamas presidency. They are willing to have a 'moron' like perry as president rather than four more years of obama. Obama is to be blamed for all of this.

    October 25, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  10. Obama/Biden 2012 - Because my golf game needs more work and I love parties with is good!

    his is what primaries are for. Getting ready to throw Obozo out of the Whitehouse. Mitt will take him down hard.

    October 25, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    The only ring any of the GOP/Teatroll candidates belong in is one sitting in the center of a big top and dotted with elephant droppings.

    October 25, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    "What happened to the Republican party[?]"

    Say it with me: the "Southern Strategy."

    October 25, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  13. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Always interesting to see the "genius" in the right wing posts – none of which make any sense. Where were all you economic "experts" during the reign of the Connecticut Cowboy from Crawford – when all this trouble began on the strength of lies and deceit?! Well?!?!?!??!?!

    So, "AlaskaPailn" be proud, you're putting your best foot forward into your mouth right after you step in what your party is offering up for the rest of us. I'll bet you live in a trailer park, too...............

    October 25, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    AlaskaPalin wrote:
    .... Obama is to be blamed for all of this.
    I understand your point. It is Pres. Obama's fault that the GOP field is what it is. It is Obama's fault that the extreme right wing is seemingly so agitated and excited. It is Obama's fault that conservatives cannot figure out who the best anti-Romeny/anti-Obama candidate is in their own party (They've had years to figure it out. Right?)

    But, you gotta admit this, though. The Republican field is one for the history books. The first woman, Bachmann, to lead the race. The first African-American, Cain, to lead the race. The first scam artist, Trump, to lead the race. The first nice guy, Romney, to lead the race. The last Texan, Perry, to ever lead the race.

    October 25, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  15. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Something else for all the right wing swifites to swallow as well. Do you really think the rest of us are prepared to believe that your party is prepared to put a Black man at the head of your national ticket – iand sell it n the South where your strogest concentration base is located?!?!?!? Really?!?!?!?!

    October 25, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  16. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    "How can you look blacks and latinos in the face and ask them to have hope in you after the devastation that your economy brought into their lives?"

    How is it President Obama's fault that your GOBP deathcult has obstructed every attempt to get the economy moving and focused all its attention on caring for the greedy and not the needy?

    October 25, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  17. SecedingfromTexas

    Does it bother anybody that Cain is deeply connected to the Koch Bros? So are some of his campaign workers,
    specifically Mark Block, his campaign manager and Rich Lowrie, his "financial guru". All have worked for
    Americans for Prosperity, and apparently Cain is still giving speeches. Block was suspended from Wisconsin
    politics for participating in a voter manipulation scheme for three years and paid a fine. So, pizza man, is not a
    "newbie" like he would want us to believe. Just asking.

    October 25, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |