Rick Perry pivots to his personal story in latest ad

posted at 1:20 pm on November 9, 2011 by Tina Korbe

Still trailing in the polls, Rick Perry nevertheless also still has plenty of campaign cash — and has lately begun to spend some of it on a string of ads to invite Iowa voters to remember his initial appeal. The first two videos focused firmly on jobs and the economy. In his latest spot, the Texas governor pivots from those crucial election issues to a warm re-telling of his personal story. It’s a conspicuous attempt to remind Iowans that Perry is a “family values” kind of guy. In fact, that’s even the name of the ad — “Values.”

The Perry campaign purchased $390,000 of airtime in Iowa this week alone, Washington Wire reports. But will it help? WSJ’s Danny Yadron posits that Herman Cain’s sexual harassment imbroglio might enable Perry to reposition himself as the conservative alternative to Romney in Iowa:

Mr. Perry could have an opening to re-establish himself as the conservative voter’s alternative to Mitt Romney as GOP rival Herman Cain continues to face allegations of sexual harassment – and how he responded to them.

Early in her campaign, Michele Bachmann achieved frontrunner status in Iowa with a spate of similarly warm and personal ads, a similarly values-focused campaign message. Her popularity didn’t last past the Ames, Iowa, straw poll — but that doesn’t mean Iowans won’t respond to Perry’s new positivity. He’ll have to keep it up with more than just ads, though:

When candidates gather Wednesday night in Michigan for the latest presidential debate, it will be interesting to watch if viewers get the positive Mr. Perry of Iowa, or the attack dog of debates past.

Then again, while conservatives still seem committed to “anybody but Romney” and have signaled a certain reluctant willingness to reconsider candidates, they don’t seem particularly eager to reevaluate previous frontrunners. Unfortunately, that leaves few options: They can cling to Cain or turn their attention to the only conservative candidates yet to have their time at the top — Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum. Nothing lost by a little reconsideration.


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Also, Perry recently went on record taking a position that, if elected, he would refuse to follow even existing law which requires the deportation of illegals. That puts him to the left of even Obama.
whatcat on November 9, 2011 at 1:46 PM

Your lying…but what’s new!
tmontgomery on November 9, 2011 at 2:34 PM

Nope. Perry clearly said he has no intention of enforcing existing law requiring the deportation of illegals. Even Obama hasn’t gone that far.

whatcat on November 9, 2011 at 2:52 PM

The man implemented Voter ID and put hundreds of Texas Rangers on the border to beef up security while the feds were abdicating their responsibilities. If that’s “giving away the store to foreign criminals,” then you’ve never been to Texas.

Caiwyn on November 9, 2011 at 2:36 PM

And it was sooooooo sweet yesterday at the election handing out the Voter ID requirements for 2012. Most of my precinct is for it, but for the few liberals that think it’s a “burden” I happily pointed out the new FREE photo ID available:

•Texas driver’s license;
•Personal identification card issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety and featuring the voter’s photograph;
Election identification certificate (a new form of state photo identification created by the legislation);
•U.S. military identification card featuring the voter’s photograph;
•U.S. citizenship certificate featuring the voter’s photograph;
•U.S. passport; or
•Concealed handgun permit issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety.

mrsmwp on November 9, 2011 at 2:55 PM

Just a 10-year record of job growth that’s 8 times as high as any other state, but I guess that’s not important.
Caiwyn on November 9, 2011 at 2:33 PM

And what percentage of these “jobs” go to foreign criminals just to pad Perry’s cronie’s wallets via cheap labor?

whatcat on November 9, 2011 at 2:55 PM

Lemming alert.

Ever notice how Hot Air doesn’t ever publish Romney Web ads (he has a new one out today) and piles it on thick for Perry?

Hot Air is owned by Salem Communicatons a Christian company based in Texas.

Curious.

sheryl on November 9, 2011 at 2:57 PM

yet you continue to spread it. You are a contemptable, slimy liar plain and simple.

cartooner on November 9, 2011 at 2:49 PM

And will bring it up in however many Perry threads it takes.

While he isn’t fluffing for Romney.

It is just something to live with…like the sunrise.

Sun comes up, whatta’sillycattoy chupachudi and the rest…lie.

cozmo on November 9, 2011 at 2:59 PM

sheryl on November 9, 2011 at 2:57 PM

It was in French, we couldn’t understand it.

cozmo on November 9, 2011 at 3:00 PM

Nope. Perry clearly said he has no intention of enforcing existing law requiring the deportation of illegals. Even Obama hasn’t gone that far.

whatcat on November 9, 2011 at 2:52 PM

And I still say you are a liar!

tmontgomery on November 9, 2011 at 3:00 PM

And I still say you are a liar!

tmontgomery on November 9, 2011 at 3:00 PM

Not lying, the acceptable term is flip-flop.

cozmo on November 9, 2011 at 3:01 PM

If you mean Perry, Americans have rightly rejected him not for “listening to voters”, put for his drive to give away the store to foreign criminals.
whatcat on November 9, 2011 at 2:04 PM

The man implemented Voter ID and put hundreds of Texas Rangers on the border to beef up security while the feds were abdicating their responsibilities. If that’s “giving away the store to foreign criminals,” then you’ve never been to Texas.
Caiwyn on November 9, 2011 at 2:36 PM

Very few people are unaware of Rick’s ongoing aid for foreign criminals plans, by all accounts and the polls it’s one of the prime reasons Americans have rejected him. He’s out of touch not just with the Republican mainstream, but the American mainstream in general. If he wants to sell TX up the river – that’s fine, but Americans have taken a pass on Perry doing the same to an entire nation.

whatcat on November 9, 2011 at 3:02 PM

Hot Air is owned by Salem Communicatons a Christian company based in Texas.

Curious.

sheryl on November 9, 2011 at 2:57 PM

Oh the conspiracy. I bet you know all the safe routes to avoid those pesky black helicopters too!

tmontgomery on November 9, 2011 at 3:03 PM

whatcat on November 9, 2011 at 3:02 PM

Bless your heart.

cozmo on November 9, 2011 at 3:04 PM

sheryl on November 9, 2011 at 2:57 PM

tmontgomery on November 9, 2011 at 3:03 PM

sheryl harly ever follows threads. She makes driveby attacks against Hot Air, or candidates that aren’t Romney, then runs away.

cozmo on November 9, 2011 at 3:06 PM

Perry’s not perfect, for sure. That said, the rap on him that being “unscripted” is his problem is invalid. It’s not being unscripted, it’s trying to campaign negatively against fellow Republicans that he’s lousy at.

Being positive — showing a demeanor of goodwill and putting out a positive, constructive message about policy ideas and values — is his strong suit.

That’s actually the case for Cain, too, but Cain hasn’t stumbled and gotten sucked into negative campaigning so far.

For me, the basic, bedrock problem with Romney is that he’s not committed to repealing Obamacare. I don’t want a waiver from it in January 2013, and a brilliant retooling of it. I want it repealed, off the books, and no longer hanging over our heads like the thermonuclear warhead of Damocles. A complete clearing of the decks. An exorcism of the collectivist, anti-constitutionalist, bad-law demons that came riding into town with it.

I trust both Perry and Cain (and Bachmann and Santorum, for that matter) to sign an absolute repeal sent to them by a Republican Congress. (Mustering the right for that Congress is a separate problem, one it may take until 2014 to fully address.)

I’d be worried about Romney (and Gingrich and Huntsman) finding reasons to start with the “Hey, not so fast” rhetoric. “We can fix this. We need something. Big numbers. Arcane policy points. Scary threats from Democrats. Nasty press. Yada yada blah blah blah.”

J.E. Dyer on November 9, 2011 at 3:07 PM

And what percentage of these “jobs” go to foreign criminals just to pad Perry’s cronie’s wallets via cheap labor?

whatcat on November 9, 2011 at 2:55 PM

One can only speculate because records are not available, and can’t be, by their very nature. The top possible percent is low, however:

http://www.willisms.com/archives/2011/11/debunking_false.html

http://www.texaspolicy.com/pdf/2011-10-PB45-TexasModel-WhoReallyGetsTexasJobs-CFP-ChuckDeVore.pdf

juliesa on November 9, 2011 at 3:07 PM

Very few people are unaware of Rick’s ongoing aid for foreign criminals plans…

whatcat on November 9, 2011 at 3:02 PM

Very few people are stupid enough to swallow your lying. But, keep tryin’.

Bless your heart.

cozmo on November 9, 2011 at 3:08 PM

Nope. Perry clearly said he has no intention of enforcing existing law requiring the deportation of illegals. Even Obama hasn’t gone that far.
whatcat on November 9, 2011 at 2:52 PM

And I still say you are a liar!
tmontgomery on November 9, 2011 at 3:00 PM

And I still say you’re stuck with having to deal with Perry’s own position on following the existing deportation law:

“I disagree with the concept that somehow or another we’re going to pack up 10, to 12, to 15 million people and ship them back to the country of origin. That’s not going to happen” Perry said.”

He’s for passing out “visas” (backdoor amnesty) instead.

What part of Perry’s promise to illegals “that’s not going to happen” is unclear to you?

whatcat on November 9, 2011 at 3:09 PM

Not lying, the acceptable term is flip-flop.

cozmo on November 9, 2011 at 3:01 PM

That would mean that I was trying to be politically correct…which I am not. whatcat is a liar in regards to anything to do with Governor Perry.

tmontgomery on November 9, 2011 at 3:10 PM

And what percentage of these “jobs” go to foreign criminals just to pad Perry’s cronie’s wallets via cheap labor?
whatcat on November 9, 2011 at 2:55 PM

One can only speculate because records are not available, and can’t be, by their very nature. The top possible percent is low, however:

http://www.willisms.com/archives/2011/11/debunking_false.html

http://www.texaspolicy.com/pdf/2011-10-PB45-TexasModel-WhoReallyGetsTexasJobs-CFP-ChuckDeVore.pdf

juliesa on November 9, 2011 at 3:07 PM

I agree, it could be .01% could be 99.99 %. And therein lies the problem.

whatcat on November 9, 2011 at 3:11 PM

What part of Perry’s promise to illegals “that’s not going to happen” is unclear to you?

whatcat on November 9, 2011 at 3:09 PM

[I know I'm wasting my time here, but whatevs...] It’s not going to happen, no matter who is president, even if it were Tom Tancredo. It’s not going happen except in your dreams.

What candidate has promised to deport 12 million people? Names, please? If they did they were lying to you.

juliesa on November 9, 2011 at 3:13 PM

That would mean that I was trying to be politically correct…which I am not. whatcat is a liar in regards to anything to do with Governor Perry.

tmontgomery on November 9, 2011 at 3:10 PM

No, no, no…its not PC, its Romneyspeak. Listen to Romney, then read what his nutball supporters write. They are following their master, its flip-flopping.

cozmo on November 9, 2011 at 3:14 PM

Being positive — showing a demeanor of goodwill and putting out a positive, constructive message about policy ideas and values — is his strong suit.

Perry positive….what planet have you been watching this politician’s campaign from.

Perry hasn’t been positive since he started this race (treasonous, get ugly, heartless, etc) and his hanging out & organizing political/prayer meetings with religious extremists like Jeffers, Byran Fischer, Mike Bickle and all of his other “rev. Wright-like” religious affiliations and their toxic language are hardly anything I’d call positive.

sheryl on November 9, 2011 at 3:14 PM

What candidate has promised to deport 12 million people? Names, please? If they did they were lying to you.

juliesa on November 9, 2011 at 3:13 PM

Romney, of course, haven’t you been paying attention?

cozmo on November 9, 2011 at 3:15 PM

cozmo on November 9, 2011 at 3:14 PM

Perry has flip flopped on his entire FedUp book.

sheryl on November 9, 2011 at 3:16 PM

sheryl on November 9, 2011 at 3:14 PM

And that danged Perry cannot speak French like Romney.

Man, the Romney campaign must have sent out an urgent action notice. Lots of his nutball fluffers are here.

cozmo on November 9, 2011 at 3:17 PM

Perry has flip flopped on his entire FedUp book.

sheryl on November 9, 2011 at 3:16 PM

Sure he has…Bless your heart.

cozmo on November 9, 2011 at 3:17 PM

I agree, it could be .01% could be 99.99 %. And therein lies the problem.

whatcat on November 9, 2011 at 3:11 PM

You didn’t read the links, or you did read but couldn’t understand them. Going by the numbers, the highest possible percentage is 15.6%.

juliesa on November 9, 2011 at 3:18 PM

Oh the conspiracy. I bet you know all the safe routes to avoid those pesky black helicopters too!

tmontgomery on November 9, 2011 at 3:03 PM

Agenda does not a conspiracy make.

sheryl on November 9, 2011 at 3:19 PM

He’s for passing out “visas” (backdoor amnesty) instead.

What part of Perry’s promise to illegals “that’s not going to happen” is unclear to you?

whatcat on November 9, 2011 at 3:09 PM

Making it up as you go along! You should be ashamed of yourself…liar!

tmontgomery on November 9, 2011 at 3:20 PM

You didn’t read the links, or you did read but couldn’t understand them. Going by the numbers, the highest possible percentage is 15.6%.

juliesa on November 9, 2011 at 3:18 PM

Whatta’sillycattoy don’t need no stinkin’ facts. The goal here is to destroy Perry.

cozmo on November 9, 2011 at 3:20 PM

And that danged Perry cannot speak French like Romney.

Man, the Romney campaign must have sent out an urgent action notice. Lots of his nutball fluffers are here.

cozmo on November 9, 2011 at 3:17 PM

you need to get new writers….the french thing is kinda old, oui?

only a nutball fluffer would call someone a nutball fluffer…lol….bless your heart!

sheryl on November 9, 2011 at 3:22 PM

sheryl on November 9, 2011 at 3:22 PM

Aw, kissie, kissie sheryl, you always have been the cutest of the Romney nutballs. This time, you even stuck around.

cozmo on November 9, 2011 at 3:23 PM

The goal here is to destroy Perry.

cozmo on November 9, 2011 at 3:20 PM

Perry got that memo from day one. He is & has been his own worst enemy.

Perry has been branded a dolt…..the cake is baked on Perry.

sheryl on November 9, 2011 at 3:24 PM

..the cake is baked on Perry.

sheryl on November 9, 2011 at 3:24 PM

Yet, Romney just can’t complete the sale.

cozmo on November 9, 2011 at 3:25 PM

I like this series of Perry ads, except for the white background. It really makes him look sort of washed out, especially with the colored shirts.

Oops… can I say colored nowadays, or will the Cain CoDependents accuse me of racism?

JohnGalt23 on November 9, 2011 at 3:26 PM

And that danged Perry cannot speak French like Romney.

cozmo on November 9, 2011 at 3:17 PM

Hey. He can say a few words of Spanish, hermano.

J.E. Dyer on November 9, 2011 at 3:27 PM

Yet, Romney just can’t complete the sale.

cozmo on November 9, 2011 at 3:25 PM

In the latest WSJ/NBC poll, head to head with Perry, Romney crushes him 62% to 33%.

Plus Romney is either close, tied or beats Obama in most battleground state polls and in some national polls.

sheryl on November 9, 2011 at 3:29 PM

J.E. Dyer on November 9, 2011 at 3:27 PM

Yep, here’s my favorite:

Kinda’ SFW pic

cozmo on November 9, 2011 at 3:30 PM

sheryl on November 9, 2011 at 3:29 PM

Then why all the fear over the “not Romney” candidates?

cozmo on November 9, 2011 at 3:31 PM

cozmo on November 9, 2011 at 3:04 PM
You are on a roll today, friend. *smiles*

annoyinglittletwerp on November 9, 2011 at 3:32 PM

Agenda does not a conspiracy make.

sheryl on November 9, 2011 at 3:19 PM

And your point is?

tmontgomery on November 9, 2011 at 3:33 PM

What candidate has promised to deport 12 million people? Names, please? If they did they were lying to you.
juliesa on November 9, 2011 at 3:13 PM

Well, we know of one candidate who has flat out and out stated that he would not enforce existing law requiring deportation, that oath of office be danged! So let’s pass out the freebies and roll out amnesty instead. I just can’t understand why, for some odd reason, Americans have rejected that plan and the candidate proposing it. Other than because they hate people with “last names that don’t sound right”, of course. Heartless, y’know.

whatcat on November 9, 2011 at 3:35 PM

In the latest WSJ/NBC poll, head to head with Perry, Romney crushes him 62% to 33%.
Plus Romney is either close, tied or beats Obama in most battleground state polls and in some national polls.
sheryl on November 9, 2011 at 3:29 PM

It’s not that people are ecstatic about Romney so much as Perry makes anybody look like Einstein by comparison. He would make it look as if Obama had actually won that Nobel for deep thinkin’.

whatcat on November 9, 2011 at 3:39 PM

You are on a roll today, friend. *smiles*

annoyinglittletwerp on November 9, 2011 at 3:32 PM

Its a pleasure. Casting tiny parts, lots of downtime between pours.

cozmo on November 9, 2011 at 3:41 PM

Hey, Cozmo: Has Cain fired Block yet?
Block should have been history last week.
That he’s still in Cain’s employ says much about Cain’s LACK of character.

annoyinglittletwerp on November 9, 2011 at 3:44 PM

Hey, Cozmo: Has Cain fired Block yet?

annoyinglittletwerp on November 9, 2011 at 3:44 PM

Don’t worry about Block. He is a fixture of The Cain team. I kind of like the “in your face” attitude. I wish they would think before mouthing off, and that includes Cain himself. Like the Cain ad with the guy from Justified, his campaign is different.

Stick with the candidate you like. Don’t go the way the nutballs are going and just attack. Unless its the the nutball you are attacking, then go with a broadside.

cozmo on November 9, 2011 at 3:56 PM

Hot Air has degenerated into a high school clique war. The principal needs to pay a visit.

Perry us the most trustworthy and staunch person in the race and deserves better than he’s received.

eaglesdontflock on November 9, 2011 at 4:41 PM

Hot Air has degenerated into a high school clique war. The principal needs to pay a visit.

eaglesdontflock on November 9, 2011 at 4:41 PM

As long as the nutballs come to class to cut up and prevent the rest of the students from learning, we can give them wedgies, stuff them in their lockers and continue to give them the treatment they so richly deserve. They are used to it. Even the older nutballs (most of these haters are still high school) remember the days when it happened to them in school. It was the only time the got attention. They are just reliving those days.

cozmo on November 9, 2011 at 5:04 PM

Hot Air is owned by Salem Communicatons a Christian company based in Texas.

Curious.

sheryl on November 9, 2011 at 2:57 PM

This girl is still crying about Hot Air, Rick Perry, and Christians?

How did an atheist like Allah sneak on to this site again?

Daemonocracy on November 9, 2011 at 9:18 PM

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