Perry touts part-time Congress pitch in new TV ad
December 26th, 2011
03:15 PM ET
11 years ago

Perry touts part-time Congress pitch in new TV ad

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Rick Perry's presidential campaign says it's going up Monday in the first-in-the-nation caucus state with a new TV commercial that touts the Texas governor's anti-Washington credentials and highlights his calls for a part-time Congress.

The campaign tells CNN the 30-second spot will run state wide in Iowa. It comes eight days before the January 3 caucuses, which kick off the primary and caucus calendar.

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The spot also tries to paint some of Perry's rivals for the GOP nomination as Washington insiders.

As the narrator in the ad says, "if Washington's the problem, why trust a congressman to fix it? Among them, they've spent 63 years in Congress, leaving us with debt, earmarks, and bailouts," pictures of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, and former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania appear up on the screen.

"Congressmen get $174,000 a year and you get the bill. We need a solution," continues the announcer.

The commercial closes with Perry saying "that's the reason I've called for a part-time Congress. Cut their pay in half, cut their time in Washington in half, cut their staff in half, send them home. Let them get a job like everybody else back home has."

Perry first floated his proposal to make Congress "part-time" last month as part of his plans to reform Washington.

The long serving governor jumped into the race for the GOP presidential nomination in mid-August and soon soared to the top spot in the polls, but after numerous stumbles in debates this autumn, his poll numbers sank. Perry has been touting his anti-Washington credentials as he tries to jump start his campaign.

"Gov. Perry is the only Washington outsider in this race. He has never served in Washington or been an establishment favorite," said Perry campaign spokesman Ray Sullivan.

As of Dec. 18, the Perry campaign had spent $1.3 million to run ads on Iowa TV.

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soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Lost inTexas FOREVER and EVER

    Perry should know about being part-time because that is what he is here in fact he was very good at helping to create part-time low wage jobs here then brag about job creation. Only due to holiday hiring did our unemployment rate not climb above 8.5%. Once he gets done trying to run for POTUS he needs to just stay away from Texas..keep collecting both the salary and pension he's getting that the GOP wants to deny other workers.

    December 26, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  2. An Observer from North of the 49th

    The rich play Santa in this country every single day and yet the Democrats attack them, wish them harm, and want to reach into their pockets for more cash. I thank those who worked hard to achieve greatness and now pay enormous taxes to make this country run and give the leechers a standard of living that far exceeds that of the richest people in most other nations.

    Just something to think about, $50 a year for car insurance, $200 a year for your whole family's health coverage, less than 100 people murdered in America each year, sound amazing doesn't it? That is how things would be if everyone in America was a Conservative and acted Republican.

    What in the name of God are you smoking ?

    December 26, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  3. GI Joe

    Even when they show up to work that one week out of three, they get there late tuesday and leave thursday afternoon.

    $174,000 -- no wonder so many idiots want the "job" - they're not qualified to do anything else, especially the hate-filled republicans. At least Pelosi made them work every week, and SHE got things done.

    Boehner just whines, cries, and drinks with the lobbyists.

    December 26, 2011 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  4. skytag

    Lots of rhetoric from a man who is clearly not up to the job. Members of Congress do what the people who elected them want them to do, and they do it to get reelected. The problem isn't that Congress isn't up to the job, it's that the electorate isn't up to the job of educating itself about issues and voting responsibly when they elect their representatives in Congress.

    December 26, 2011 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
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