Perry ad paints Gingrich as 'K Street,' Romney as 'Wall Street'
December 20th, 2011
03:18 PM ET
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Perry ad paints Gingrich as 'K Street,' Romney as 'Wall Street'

(CNN) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry released a new video Tuesday, targeting the two Republican presidential frontrunners as Washington insiders.

The 30-second ad, not yet trafficked to television stations but released on the campaign's website, linked former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney with "Wall Street" and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich with "K Street."

But which street best describes Perry?

"Main Street," the narrator said, talking about the Texas governor. "The outsider who sparked the creation of a million new jobs. He'll overhaul Washington and toss out the corrupt insiders."

Earlier in the spot, titled "Three Streets," the narrator pinned Romney for his ties to corporate America as a former bank executive and supporter of the bank bailouts.

The ad comes one day after Perry blasted Romney and Gingrich on the campaign trail in Iowa for backing the more than $700 billion federal loan to Wall Street banks, or what Perry called "the single biggest act of theft in American history."

"Mitt Romney: Wall Street," the voice said. "He made millions buying companies and laying off workers."

The ad also spotlighted Gingrich's $1.6 million paycheck received as a consultant for Freddie Mac before the mortgage giant collapsed.

"Newt Gingrich: K Street, the lobbyist hangout in Washington," the narrator said. "Newt got rich, made millions off of Freddie Mac."

His work for the agency has been fodder for multiple attacks against Gingrich since he began rising in the polls. Opponents have accused him of lobbying for Freddie Mac, but the former speaker staunchly denies the claims.

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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Sorry Perry... doesn't matter WHAT street you think you're on because your street is a DEAD END. Enough with these ridiculous ads. It is NOT helping your cause.

    December 20, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Perry may be dumb as a stick, but he has some creative people doing his negative campaign ads.

    December 20, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  3. Phil in KC

    Perry is hardly Main Street and a lot of the people who would fall for this line don't even know what K Street is.

    December 20, 2011 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  4. Grady

    it has be come painfully aware to us unfortunate folk living down here in the republic of Texas that our governor is not the steely eye, rocked ribbed republican from the plains but actually Gov. Lepetomane from "Blazing Saddles"...

    December 20, 2011 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  5. Matt

    The GRINCH

    That's true Gingrich can be described as the 'GRINCH' who stole from Freddie Mac and Fanny Mae...whatever explanations he may have, he's a very dishonest person. This Christmas he is really the 'GRINCH'.

    December 20, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  6. Mikey

    I believe Perry is a man of the people. If you saw his performance in NH a few weeks ago, you would recognize him as the dimwitted drunk you saw in a bar who was so out-of-it he thought he was witty. Unbelievable he was elected Governor of a U.S. state. No one would ever elect the village idiot or the town drunk, but Texas made the combination of the two their Governor. Only in Texas and, come to think of it, actually twice.

    December 20, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    I think the best street that describes Perry is the one that goes to the family retreat that had that big rock out at the front entrance. The rock that made headlines for a couple of weeks just a few months back.

    December 20, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  8. NVa Native

    And Parry thinks he's Main St.? Parry is so far from mainstream he doesn't even speak our language.
    He speaks he-billy – just like that Jabba-the-butt Haley Barbour.
    I think pig-latin is what they used to call it, maybe in Barbour's case it's just "hog holler'n"?

    December 20, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |

    Perry as Main Street? Ha! He's more like a dirt road with a bunch of tumbleweeds. I can't take Perry seriously with this one. He's governor of an oil state. Big oil is far from being Main Street.

    December 20, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    And Cowboy Fonzie has trouble keeping up while watching Sesame Street. This is fun! Do more, do more!

    December 20, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  11. Shelby

    poor perry, still frantically trying to find something/anything that will bring his poll numbers up from the 2% – 4% where he has been languishing.

    perry, you are a dimwit. Period.

    December 20, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  12. Stephanie

    I'm from Texas. Now you all know what we've been through. Most of us hope this is the end of his reign here. What a wack job! I think he is just trying to get his name known in order to become a very populat TV-Evan. Lots of money in that.

    December 20, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  13. SecedingfromTexas

    And where did your millions come from Guv? Your stupid little speech at the Faith and Freedom Coalition was insulting, condescending, and a whole lot of hot air. You are no Tim Tebow.

    December 20, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  14. Northborough Dan

    Grady states: Iit has be come painfully aware to us unfortunate folk living down here in the republic of Texas that our governor is not the steely eye, rocked ribbed republican from the plains but actually Gov. Lepetomane from "Blazing Saddles"...

    Grady, you are being totally unfair to Gov. Lepetomane.....

    December 20, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  15. a in austin

    Cronyism to say the least for Perry. Mike Toomey, most powerful lobbyist in TX, was Chief of Staff. Ray Sullivan went from lobbyist to top of governor's staff. Dan Shelley was a lobbyist then Perry's legislative director and then lobbyist again. Perry "retired" so he is collecting both retirement and his governor's pay while still getting to stay in the $10,000/month rental. Main Street? Not!

    December 20, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  16. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Romney 2012!

    December 20, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  17. corporationsRpeople2

    He forgot about John Boehner on Sesame Street.

    December 20, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |