Perry ad in Iowa calls GOP rivals DC insiders
December 29th, 2011
01:05 PM ET
11 years ago

Perry ad in Iowa calls GOP rivals DC insiders

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - For the second time this week, a new TV commercial by Rick Perry paints some of the his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination as Washington insiders, while touting the Texas governor's anti-Washington credentials.

Perry's presidential campaign tells CNN that the new 30-second spot will start running Thursday statewide in Iowa, just five days ahead of the January 3 caucuses, which kick off the presidential primary and caucus calendar.

As the narrator in the ad says "the fox guarding the henhouse is like asking a Congressman to fix Washington: bad idea. Their years in Congress left us with debt, bailouts. Congressmen get paid $174,000 a year. We get the bill," 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.

The spot goes on to include Perry saying "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."

The commercial is very similar to an ad the Perry campaign launched on Iowa TV on Monday.

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. He's in fifth place, at 11% support, in a CNN/Time/ORC International poll of likely GOP caucus goers that was released Wednesday.

As of Dec. 25, the Perry campaign had spent more than $1.5 million to run ads on Iowa TV.

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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. gb

    What a terrible, terrible waste of money these ads are! He hasn't got a snowball's chance in Hades yet he collects and spends money–lots of money–for ads, etc. Better he be a real Christian and donate all that money to the needy.

    December 29, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  2. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    So Mister "I have fed at the public trough all my adult life" is calling others insiders.

    December 29, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |

    TX has a part time congress and so do a few other states, most of them in trouble. Has anyone noticed that Perry isn't calling for a part time gov? Just another twist on do as i say, not as i do. Congress should get half pay but I should get full pay. There is too much happening in the country, in the world for a part time time congress. However with Perry's small mind unable to comprehend the big picture on any subject, a part time time congress sounds good to him. can you say idiot? I would suggest that TX get a part time Gov, but then again, they already have one, at least mentally.

    December 29, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  4. Maine LIberal

    Perry is ready to do without government and washington

    until he needs it:

    Gov. Rick Perry today urged the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide Texans more assistance in recovering from catastrophic losses and damages from three months of wildfires that have affected about 85 percent of Texas counties.

    December 29, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  5. Phil in KC

    If he has to resort to cartoons, that tells you a lot about his constituency.

    December 29, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  6. GI Joe


    Try Anti-American. What a dud.

    Go back to Texas and hide your face in SHAME.

    December 29, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  7. GI Joe

    At least Iowa's economy is profiting from all these yahoos.

    December 29, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  8. Thomas

    And you ask why Texas has the highest high school drop out rate in the country .

    Rick must enjoy watching cartoons. Beep Beep !

    December 29, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  9. Wise1Speak


    Does Rick Perry understand that these "cartoon-like" ads only appeal to voters who think Sponge Bob is an epic movie? Do Rick Perry understand that his selection of ads reflects back on his judgment, character, and what intelligent voters think of his intellect.

    December 29, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  10. Wise1Speak


    When will Perry finally learn that what works in Texas does not necessarily work in the other 49 states? Duhhh!

    December 29, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  11. Jamie from Riverside

    A hopeless dullard with lots of money to spend.

    December 29, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  12. Jilli

    Let me get this straight...a lifetime government employee is disparaging others for doing the same thing? Good lord, this man is an embarrassment.

    December 29, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  13. Fair is Fair


    What a terrible, terrible waste of money these ads are! He hasn't got a snowball's chance in Hades yet he collects and spends money–lots of money–for ads, etc. Better he be a real Christian and donate all that money to the needy."
    Maybe Obama can set an example and give the $1 BILLION he's going to spend to the needy, dontcha think?

    December 29, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  14. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Whether you're an insider or an outsider, NOBODY is goin gto go to Washington DC and shake the place up. After hundreds of years of entrenchment, the federal government needs to be changed a brick/person at a time. It'll take MANY years to remove the poisonous tentacles of "progressive destruction" of our Republic.

    December 29, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  15. Discernment


    The US Government is divided into three branches that serve as counter balances to each other:
    (1.) Executive [or White House];
    (2.) Legislature [or House & Senate];
    (3.) Judicial [or Federal and State courts].
    None of the three branches can dictate how the other branches must change.

    So if voters are still buying the garbage that Perry as a White House Executive can force the Legislature to cut their own salaries, than you people are bigger idiots than imagine and may GOD help the USA.

    December 29, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  16. Phil in KC

    Discernment – to your point, let's not forget that Newt wants to fire judges who do not agree with his agenda. Obviously, the Republicans seem to have forgotten about that whole messy checks and balances thing.

    December 29, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |