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Rick Perry slams Obama, declares himself 'America's jobs governor'

August 15, 2011|By Michael Muskal
  • Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines. (Charles Dharapak / Associated…)

After announcing his candidacy over the weekend, Texas Gov. Rick Perry released his first videos, proclaiming the Republican theme that President Obama has a failing record on job creation and in how he handled a difficult economy.

Even as the president arrived in Cannon Falls, Minn., to launch his three-day bus tour to explain what his administration had done to stimulate jobs, small business and economic development particularly in rural areas, Republicans wasted no time attacking Obama.

In his video ad, Perry claimed to be “America’s jobs governor,” touting his efforts to create jobs in Texas. Eschewing subtlety, the Perry video showed a rising sun to illustrate the narrator’s promise that hope was on the horizon.

In addition to jobs, the narrator sounds the additional GOP political themes that “record debt and our president’s refusal to control spending led to our nation’s credit rating being downgraded for the first time in history.”

Perry followed up the video in a campaign appearance in Iowa by calling for a six-month freeze on new federal regulations on small business. “Our nation cannot and must not endure four more years of rising unemployment, rising taxes and rising debt,” he stated.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Perry also trumpeted his economic record in Texas, which he said was better than those of his principal rivals, Mitt Romney and Rep. Michele Bachmann.

“I respect all the other candidates in the field," Perry said, "but there is no one that can stand toe to toe with us.” 

Former Massachusetts Gov. Romney, considered to be the leader in the race for the GOP presidential nomination, also complained about the Obama record, attacking the president’s bus tour.

Calling the visit a “Magical Misery” tour, Romney’s ad featured Minnesotans saying they would rather Obama stayed in Washington and “do something about jobs” than visit the state.

Obama’s bus trip takes him through Minnesota, Iowa and his home state of Illinois.

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