Perry launches national ad highlighting job as governor
November 11th, 2011
04:47 PM ET
11 years ago

Perry launches national ad highlighting job as governor

(CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry, still recovering from his dismal debate mistake Wednesday, is making a push to reach Republican primary and caucus voters by buying nearly $1 million worth of national cable advertising space on the Fox News Channel.

The total cost of the ad purchase was $975,000, and sources familiar with the buy said it would run a minimum of one week and most likely extend to three weeks.

The first ad to run, a 30 second spot titled "The Doer," originally started running on Iowa broadcast TV and cable on Nov. 1. It presents Perry as an effective governor rather than a trained politician, making the comparison between himself and Pres. Barack Obama.

"If you're looking for a slick politician or a guy with great teleprompter skills, we already have that, and he's destroying our economy," Perry says in the ad. "I'm a doer, not a talker. In Texas we created 40% of the new jobs in the entire country since June of 2009. And we cut a record $15 billion from our state budget. Now they say we can't do that in Washington. Well, they're wrong, and they need to go."

Perry's attempt to present himself as a policy-oriented governor, rather than a polished debater, has been on display in a media blitz following Wednesday's debate. In that debate, Perry forgot a major part of his economic policy, leading to nearly a minute of awkward fumbling that ended with the word 'oops.'

On CNN's American Morning Thursday, Perry made a similar comparison between himself and Obama.

"We need substance more than we need style," Perry said.

"We've got a debater-in-chief right now, and what you've got to ask yourself is: How's that working out for America?"

The national cable ad buy was first reported by Politico and the New York Times.

–CNN's Paul Steinhauser and Gloria Borger contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Rick Perry
soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. Wylie Mike

    When will he learn that he's not running to be President of Texas?

    November 11, 2011 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  2. m

    This nut has not created any jobs – companies have created these jobs and would have without Perry – Perry is useless as he himself proved it over the debates – he will make dingbat W look good.

    November 11, 2011 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  3. AlaskaPalin

    Perry is the human candidate with all our potentials but also our weaknesses. Perry will create jobs- he is known for doing that. The price of gas will fall to record levels for he will make us energy independent.

    November 11, 2011 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  4. vic , nashville ,tn

    come back , He will prove political pundits were wrong

    November 11, 2011 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  5. vJ

    Did any one forget that this guy is first endorsed by Bush the clown from Texas. Are they look alike in all aspects.

    November 11, 2011 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  6. Jane Doe

    It is clear to see that Rick Perry did NOT become a millionaire because of a high intelligence, but because of GREED. He is a scary, evil person who would destroy America just to make a few of his white good ole boys in the oil and gas industry even more filthy rich.

    November 11, 2011 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  7. thomas

    How many executioners need apply ?

    Perry / Enron
    Jan 14, 2002

    The good old days .

    November 11, 2011 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  8. Dubya

    First Republicans gave us the "decider" now they give us the "doer".

    November 11, 2011 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  9. Ron

    Most of the jobs were government jobs (from the guy who rails against government), and the ones that weren't were mostly minimum wage jobs that no one can live on. He cut millions of dollars from the fire fighting funds with the Forest Service in Texas, and then complained that the Federal Government didn't send the aid he wanted as fast as he wanted (also from the guy who hates almost every expenditure of the Federal Government and thinks the States should take care of themselves.)

    November 11, 2011 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  10. 3 reasons he is an idiot.... I forgot....

    Spending a million bucks to advertise only on Fox News, the media propaganda channel for the GOP, where he will not recruit a single new potential voter. Brilliant strategy. This guy is starting to make Bush look like Stephen Hawking.

    November 11, 2011 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  11. gmh

    I could not live on the low paying jobs he has created in Texas. Not only are they low paying but have NO benifits or health care. A large number of children in that state have NO health care at all. Go back to Texas and stay there.

    November 11, 2011 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  12. gmh

    The Kock brothers are libertarians. Isn't it amazing that they want to do away with our government when the government we have allowed them to make billions. How can so many of you hard working folks fall for their ideas. How can you be fooled to follow them when they are willing to take the bread out of your mouth only to stuff themselves with more .........and more...........and more. The democrats are not perfect but I just cannot see the benifits to me and the middle class by following the Republian ideology.

    November 11, 2011 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  13. ddduck

    The GOP debates are the best show in town. You can't make this kind of stuff up! Go Team!! LOL

    November 11, 2011 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  14. Rich

    Rick should not talk about dismantling the dept of education after that performance.He has that Texas edjamacathun.He is just trying to widen his base by dismantling the dept of education...

    November 11, 2011 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  15. trex

    .......PERRY........................the BEST republican to run for President,.......................if you want Obama in a landslide

    November 11, 2011 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  16. i torres

    We don't need funny right now, My understanding is that the "jobs" in Texas are low-wage jobs, many of which are part-time. There are also figures out there that Texas has a very high number of uninsured folks. That, my friend, is not a template I want to see replicated all over the country. We are trying to head in the opposite direction: decent wages that would allows us to pay for mortgages, heating oil, food, clothing and our children's education. We also cannot have millions of Americans without health care.

    So, i'm not buying it. And his "performance" in his recent debates was just that. He seems like a college freshman who has crammed for a test. Sad.

    November 11, 2011 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  17. izy

    Fox News Channel, what a big surprise, LMAO!!!! Propaganda TV at its best....poor "Forgetful Perry" ooops...EPA? oh wait the Dept of Energy!!! such a freakin' fool

    November 11, 2011 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  18. Kingfisher

    He created over 200,000 jobs and the unemployment rate never changed. Just what we need.

    November 11, 2011 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
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