Political Theater

Perry’s latest ad hypes his ‘momentum’


A month ago, after a series of poor debate performances that culminated in his infamous “oops” gaffe, Rick Perry was on the defensive. “If we’re electing a ‘debater-in-chief,’ don’t elect me,” he told Megyn Kelly on America Live on Nov. 10.

Today, by contrast, in his second new ad of the day, Perry — who trails Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, and Newt Gingrich in Iowa — is celebrating last Saturday’s ABC News/Yahoo debate in Des Moines.

In the nearly two-minute-long video, titled ‘Momentum,’ Perry weaves together favorable reviews from observers including Chris Cillizza, Larry Sabato, RedState.org, and Tim Albrecht with miscellaneous Iowa-esque imagery and clips of Perry speaking at the debate.


Credit: rickperry.org/YouTube

Rick Perry promises to speak the truth in new ‘Politically Correct’ ad


Rick Perry appropriates the idea of political correctness in his latest television ad, a thirty-second video denouncing Washington as “the capital of political correctness, where double speak reigns and the truth is frowned upon.”

“You can’t say that Congressmen becoming lobbyists is a form of legal corruption,” Perry says in the ad. “Or that we give aid money to countries who oppose America. Or that Washington insiders are bankrupting social security.”

New Perry ad bashes Gingrich, Romney on health care mandate


A day after releasing an incendiary ad condemning gays serving in the military and “Obama’s war on religion,” the Perry campaign has put out a new campaign video, this one focused on his rivals’ stances on the individual mandate.

“We don’t want government-mandated health care,” says a voice-over in the ad:

Rick Perry denounces “Obama’s war on religion” in new TV ad


Governor Rick Perry accuses President Obama of leading a “war on religion” in his latest ad, a thirty second spot airing in Iowa that also condemns gays serving openly the military and regulations on school prayer.

“I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m a Christian,” says Perry, who is polling at around 11 percent in Iowa according to a NYT/CBS poll released yesterday.

The GOP national security debate in six minutes


The eight leading GOP presidential candidates met at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday night for a two-hour debate on national security and foreign policy. Here are some of the most significant exchanges of the night:

Rick Perry says Obama is ‘privileged’ and ‘never had to really work for anything’


President Obama, Rick Perry says, is blaming the American people for his own failures, and he’s doing it because he was born into privilege and thinks he’s smarter than everyone else.

In an appearance on The Sean Hannity Show last night, Perry said he thought remarks Obama made at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit last weekend were evidence that the president “grew up in a privileged way”:

Five must-see moments from the GOP foreign policy debate


The Republican presidential candidates assembled in Spartanburg, South Carolina, last night for a primary debate, the first to focus entirely on foreign policy and national security. In a dialogue that spanned assorted geopolitical challenges — including Iran’s quest for nuclear weapons, America’s strategic relationship with Pakistan, and trade with China — the eight Republicans outlined the approaches they would take to diplomacy if elected head of state. Here are five of the most notable exchanges:

1. Is torture acceptable under any circumstances? And is water boarding torture?

Perry forgets his third point at debate


Rick Perry made everyone watching the GOP debate tonight wince a little when he told the audience he would eliminate three government agencies — but could only remember what two of them were. Here’s the clip:

Perry: Wall Street and Washington “have been in bed together way too long”


Perry accused lawmakers of being too chummy with Wall Street at a town hall held yesterday in Johnston, Iowa. Asked what he would do to “to stop stupid CEOs of financial institutions from making bad decisions that cause them to fail,” Perry said there are already “plenty of regulations in place to do that.” What’s lacking, he claimed, is “a government that will actually institute the oversight.”  

“I happen to think Wall Street and Washington, D.C., have been in bed together way too long,” he said. “That’s one of the problems that we have in this country, is that there are people that have too much money invested that end up in Washington, D.C. One of the reasons that the establishment really doesn’t like me, and really doesn’t like my tax plan, is because they know that I’m going to show up in Washington, D.C., with a sledgehammer and they’re not going to like it.”

Rick Perry’s Cornerstone speech


Cornerstone Action’s Annual Fundraising Dinner and Awards Gala in Manchester, New Hampshire, on October 28, 2011.

Perry seemed even looser than usual, on the verge of appearing completly goofy, drawing more than a few laughs.

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