SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Texas Gov. Rick Perry punches upward at Republican rivals Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich in a new ad that labels the pair “political insiders.” It’s the latest move in Perry’s attempt to become the sole “Washington outsider” in the GOP presidential primary race as the clock ticks down to the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses.
“Reckless spending and high taxes are destroying our economy,” the ad’s narrator says. “The problem? Political insiders. Newt Gingrich supported increasing the federal debt ceiling $1 trillion and billions in new earmarks. Mitt Romney raised business taxes 20 percent in Massachusetts.”
The screen flashes to a shot of Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, and Gingrich, the former House speaker, smiling in what appears to be a candidates’ debate. Then, Perry appears on screen walking through a construction site. “Rick Perry’s plans to create jobs and overhaul Washington with a part-time Congress make him the outsider political insiders fear most,” the announcer says.
The ad will run nationally, according to the Perry campaign, which already has spent more than $1 million in advertising in Iowa and $975,000 for a national cable television buy on Fox News last month.
During a campaign stop in Denison, Iowa, on Wednesday, Perry emphasized his lack of Washington experience in contrast with Romney and Gingrich, both of whom are far ahead of Perry in recent polls. “The difference between me and my other colleagues that I’m standing on that podium with is who has the record and where have they been. And we have a Washington insider in practically every one of those, whose name was either congressman or former congressman. We have a Wall Streeter in the case of Mitt Romney, and I’m the only person standing on that stage who is an outsider.”