Perry hits Iowa airwaves again, calling himself an "outsider"
November 19th, 2011
01:18 PM ET
11 years ago

Perry hits Iowa airwaves again, calling himself an "outsider"

(CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry's ad spree continued Saturday as the presidential candidate rolled out another spot that will run on Iowa broadcast stations, as well as national cable networks.

The 30-second ad, called "Outsider," paints Perry as a government reformer, noting his plan to radically change how Congress operates.

The ad starts with Perry saying "Washington's broken, and needs a complete overhaul."

Stylized images of President Barack Obama, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid flash in succession, along with text about the national unemployment rate and the federal debt.

Perry, wearing a denim shirt and standing outdoors, says the problems facing Washington could be fixed by someone like him, who isn't worried about offending politicians.

"I'm the outsider who's willing to step on some toes," Perry says. "I want to force Congress to balance the budget and if they don't, I say we cut their pay in half, send them home."

Perry's plan for Congress, unveiled earlier this week, would reduce the amount of time lawmakers spend in Washington, making what he referred to as a "part-time Congress." The plan would also substantially cut congressional salaries.

"Replacing one Washington insider with another won't change a thing," Perry says in the ad. "If you want an outsider who'll overhaul Washington, then I'm your guy."

In a statement accompanying the ad's release, a spokesman for Perry underscored the spot's message.

"We need a real outsider to overhaul Washington and cut the taxes, regulation and spending strangling our economy and of the GOP candidates Rick Perry is the only real Washington outsider in the race for the White House," Perry campaign communications director Ray Sullivan said in a statement. "Rick Perry is not the darling of the establishment has never served in Congress and has never professionally lobbied Congress or the White House. Gov. Perry is the only candidate Americans can trust to truly overhaul Washington and jump-start job creation."

"Outsider" is the fourth ad Perry has run in Iowa. Rep. Ron Paul has also purchased paid advertising in the state, which holds the first-in-the-nation presidential caucus in January.

Perry's poll numbers have dropped since an early peak over the summer, but successful third-quarter fundraising has allowed him to purchase television advertising time.

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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Noodle Nose Johnson

    What a waste of money. Does anyone think him a serious candidate at this point? Isn't he around Santorum levels in the polls?

    November 19, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  2. ThinkAgain

    Parry is completely in the pocket of corporations that want to turn our country into a third-world nation. He's a career politician who thinks, like those maverick-y folks from the last election, that he can simply call himself an "outsider" and the sheep will follow.

    November 19, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  3. Kenneth the VI of Minneapolis

    If conservatives or tea partiers or liberals or independents or libertarians or republicans or democrats or fools believe that Rick Perry, in politics since 1984, is an "OUTSIDER," then we deserve what we get!

    November 19, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  4. ThinkAgain

    Taxes, regulation and spending are what's strangling our economy; it's corporate greed from the likes of your masters, Parry, that are taking us down the toilet.

    November 19, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  5. Gerald

    Makes no sense

    It's just a waste of time and money on Perry's part. The voters have already rejected him as an incapable and arrogant candidate. It would pay him better if he simply pursues a course in debating and public speaking. This man is in no way ready to represented the US to the rest of the world. He can't even articulate his lame ideas.

    It makes no sense for his campaigning to continue...Perry's a late non-starter who's making no sense whatsoever.

    November 19, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  6. Duke One

    Gov. Perry is the only one with a real jobs plan for America that will make us energy independent ! PERRY/RUBIO 2012 !!

    November 19, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  7. Victoria avgam54

    If anyone out there watched jay leno & jimmy fallon the last two nights will laugh thier tush's off when the see "Perry, wearing a denim shirt " ha ha ha ha that is too perfect. Give it up Rick. Obama is doing the best job he can considering the shape of the country the day he took office. And if He had some help from any of these out of touch republicans things would be even better. Vote out the obstructionist GOP in 2012 so that we can continue to start to realize Americans and the president's vison of a truly better tomorrow.

    November 19, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  8. m

    Interesting description when one consider Perry has been on one form of government payroll or another his entire adult life.

    November 19, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |