Perry ad ties Gingrich and Romney to Obama health law
December 8th, 2011
04:27 PM ET
11 years ago

Perry ad ties Gingrich and Romney to Obama health law

(CNN) - White House hopeful Rick Perry turned his eye away from Pres. Barack Obama's "war on religion" and toward his sweeping health care law in a new ad debuting in Iowa Thursday.

The spot, called "Obamacare," also goes after fellow GOP candidates Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, claiming the two were equally supportive of government-mandated health insurance. The spot will run statewide in Iowa and nationally on Fox News Channel.

An announcer says, "We don't want government mandated health care, yet Newt Gingrich supports it. And Mitt Romney? He put it into law in Massachusetts. Worse, Barack Obama forced it on the entire nation. Rick Perry. He'll repeal it, starting day one."

Perry appears, saying, "I won't let the big government liberals ruin this country."

In a statement accompanying the 30-second ad, Perry's Communication Director Rick Sullivan lumped Gingrich, Romney and Obama together as supporters of big government.

"Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, and President Obama all support government health care mandates," Sullivan said. "Gov. Perry opposes government-mandated health coverage and is firmly committed to repealing the job-killing Obamacare to protect families and job creators from the burden it imposes on them."

Romney has long been criticized on the campaign trail for his role in crafting Massachusetts' health care law, a measure that Obama has said was a model for his own national law.

Gingrich, who has recently come under more scrutiny as his poll numbers rise, has been criticized less, though rival candidates point to his past support for an individual health care mandate as a sign of his less-than-conservative credentials.

Both Romney and Gingrich have said they would repeal Obama's health care law if they are elected president.

Perry's "Obamacare" ad comes a day after the Texas governor released a spot criticizing Obama for a "war on religion," taking particular aim at the president's stance on "Don't Ask Don't Tell" and prayer in school.

"There's something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military but our kids can't openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school," Perry says in ad.

–CNN's Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Health care • Rick Perry
soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. Robert

    Perry appears, saying, "I won't let the big government liberals ruin this country."

    Nice Try, Rick.

    December 8, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  2. Spencer

    This is funny....just pain funny to me that Perry would come out and state such a thing specially in a campaign ad. He voted for the bill as well. Just look into his record and you'll find that Perry has voted for a lot of governemnt mandated issues as well as the helth care bill. He even has a video clip with sound bite stating that he had just signed a bill that he didn't understand that was presented as a demorcat written bill. This is just sad. Not to mention the fact that this helth care bill is irrelvent because it's going to be over turned long before it takes hold over the American people. Get to the main points and issues insted of this tangent of universal healthcare.

    December 8, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  3. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    What's that I smell? Yep, desperation from the Perry camp.

    December 8, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  4. Kris Craig

    Have you noticed how the Republicans just put the word "care" after a person's name to deride it whenever someone tries to reform our health care system? Up until 2008, the buzzword was "HillaryCare". Now, it's "ObamaCare". What will it be starting in 2016? BidenCare? FrankenCare? PelosiCare? KerryCare? HillaryCare again?

    This is why intelligent people like myself say that Republicans don't offer any actual ideas. Instead of debating the issue, they just call it "Care", surround it with the words "liberal" and "socialist", and top it off with a reference to Jesus and/or Ronald Reagan. It's really pathetic if you think about it. Unfortunately, most people don't.

    December 8, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  5. Kris Craig

    Have you noticed how the Republicans just put the word "care" after a person's name to deride it whenever someone tries to reform our health care system? Up until 2008, the buzzword was "HillaryCare". Now, it's "ObamaCare". What will it be starting in 2016? BidenCare? FrankenCare? PelosiCare? KerryCare? HillaryCare again?

    This is why intelligent people like myself say that Republicans don't offer any actual ideas. Instead of debating the issue, they just call it "(insert person's name hre)Care", surround it with the words "liberal" and "socialist", and top it off with a reference to Jesus and/or Ronald Reagan. It's really pathetic if you think about it. Unfortunately, most people don't.

    December 8, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  6. Kris Craig

    Have you noticed how the Republicans just put the word "care" after a person's name to deride it whenever someone tries to reform our health care system? Up until 2008, the buzzword was "HillaryCare". Now, it's "ObamaCare". What will it be starting in 2016? BidenCare? FrankenCare? PelosiCare? KerryCare? HillaryCare again?

    This is why intelligent people like myself say that Republicans don't offer any actual ideas. Instead of debating the issue, they just call it "(insert person's name here)Care", surround it with the words "liberal" and "socialist", and top it off with a reference to Jesus and/or Ronald Reagan. It's really pathetic if you think about it. Unfortunately, most people don't.

    December 8, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Once again Perry steps in it. In a recent poll, 50% either want to keep 'Obamacare' or have it improved. Only 39% want it repealed. Affordable health care has already saved seniors on medicare over $260 million in the first 5 months. There used to be a saying in Texas, "If the horse is dead, stop beating it." Since Ricky's campaign has been dead for 3 months, that saying applies to him, as well as the republican presidential candidate clown show.

    December 8, 2011 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  8. Dohl

    As of around lunchtime today, Perry's "War on Religion" ad had recieved well over 100,000 'dislikes' on You Tube.

    I wonder how quickly this one will reach those levels.

    December 8, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  9. The Real Tom Paine

    No, but Pretty Ricky wants Federal government money to retroactively balance his budgets in TX.

    December 8, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  10. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The only difference between GOP baggers and Burmese Pythons in the Everglades is that pythons have feelings.

    December 8, 2011 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  11. Namejkane

    Pooper, maybe somebody should tell you teapublican clowns that a lot of Americans like obamacare and like having their kids covered until they are 26 ,and insurance co. Have to cover pre existing conditions. We don't all listen to the teapublican propaganda spewing from the teapublican clown canadates. Go Obama 2012

    December 8, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  12. Lost in Texas FOREVER and EVER

    another deserate ad by a desperate candidate. As if the "Christmas ad" wasn't enough.

    December 8, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  13. Ben Dover

    Perry you are a Clown...Just like the rest of the Retard Republican Clods in the GOP Circus.

    December 8, 2011 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  14. Namejkane

    Only you loser teapublican morons don't want obamacare with you free health insurance from the federal gov, every one of you teapublican clowns is contributeing to the defict you preach about, go home, you already lost the 2012 election. No American dem or republican is dumb enough to keep you clowns in office!!!!

    December 8, 2011 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  15. jacq

    This guy is pretty worthless

    December 8, 2011 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  16. yu

    Shut the hell up, loser.

    December 8, 2011 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  17. SecedingfromTexas

    "I won't let the big government liberals ruin this country".
    *************
    Great, Jim Rickie, how about you pay for your own Texas police "bodyguards" while you are "off-duty", and
    whose using OUR $10,000/mo home while you are on vacation, and how about we hold back your paycheck
    and put you on a hourly wage. How much are you costing Texas - oh, I forgot you had your travel records
    sealed until after the 2012 election.
    Speaking of mandates, how about the one you inflicted on Texas voters requiring photo IDs? You know,
    the voters who can't use their student IDs to vote, but all who have hunting licenses can.

    December 8, 2011 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  18. Duke One

    Democrats should stick to the issues instead of name calling. It only shows a lack of maturity and knowledge.

    December 8, 2011 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  19. SecedingfromTexas

    Oops – should have said gun permit owners can vote.

    December 8, 2011 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  20. Thomas

    This guy likes spending money on bad ads .

    Perry / Enron
    Jobs you can depend on 20o2

    December 8, 2011 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  21. The Greedy Old PIgs have declared class war on US!

    "Have you noticed how the Republicans just put the word "care" after a person's name to deride it whenever someone tries to reform our health care system?"

    When you belong to a deathcult "caring" is a bad thing.

    December 8, 2011 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  22. a health economist

    If Republicans don't want "government mandated healthcare" than I really hope they don't look back at news articles during the 1990's when the Republican party were in favor of mandated health insurance. Because, that would just make them look like a bunch of hypocrites.

    December 8, 2011 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  23. Sandy

    "We Don't Want Government Mandated Health Care"

    Um, Perry, YES I DO! It has already saved me $400+ a month by keeping my 22 year old on my insurance! Speak for yourself!

    December 8, 2011 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  24. Mary Smith

    Perry is apparently opposed to "care" of any kind. Texas has the highest percentage of uninsured residents in the nation. What is with these people???

    December 8, 2011 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  25. ThinkAgain

    60% of Americans want Obamacare – this according to Rasmussen, which is a conservative polling outfit. So this ad is false on its face.

    December 8, 2011 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
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