Ad Promoting Perry 2012 Run Debuts in Iowa

Ad Promoting Perry 2012 Run Debuts in Iowa

By Caitlin Huey-Burns - August 1, 2011

Texas Gov. Rick Perry won't be on the ballot for Aug. 13 straw poll in Ames, Iowa, and he hasn't yet publicly decided whether he is competing for the White House, but a new ad calling him a "better option for president" begins airing in the Hawkeye State today.

The "super" political action committee Jobs for Iowa is sponsoring the statewide television spot that touts the governor's job creation record in Texas, claiming he "created more jobs in the past two years than the other 49 states combined with no state income tax and no deficit." The PAC, which is prohibited from organizing directly with Perry, spent under $40,000 to run the ad on Fox News Channel for two weeks, according to Politico, which first reported news of the spot.

The ad highlights the ongoing search by many within the Republican Party for an alternative to front-runner Mitt Romney after several establishment favorites such as Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour passed on the race. It also touches upon the conservative call for a balanced budget and poses a challenge to declared candidates and former Govs. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota, Jon Huntsman of Utah and Romney of Massachusetts, who have highlighted their own job creation records on the stump. The ad's narrator calls Perry "a conservative with proven leadership in tough times," with a "decade of balanced budgets" under his belt. "What if we had a better option for president?" the narrator asks. "We do: Rick Perry."

Perry has been publicly flirting with a presidential run, and is reportedly eyeing a late-August campaign launch. Even as an unofficial candidate, he has finished second behind Romney in several recent national polls.

His name, however, won't be on the straw poll ballot in Ames next week. But the sponsors of the ad hope it will drum up support in the governor's absence, according to Politico.

Caitlin Huey-Burns is a congressional reporter for RealClearPolitics. She can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @CHueyBurnsRCP.

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