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Perry Steals Romney's Anti-Obama Line

Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry, Texas Governor, speaks at the CBS News/National Journal foreign policy debate at the Benjamin Johnson Arena, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011 in Spartanburg, S.C. The debate covered foreign policy, which has gotten little attention from the GOP candidates in recent weeks. During the debate Perry joked about his gaffe from a debate four days ago, when he forgot the third Cabinet department he would eliminate if elected president. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)(Richard Shiro/AP)

November 16, 2011

One day after Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney accused President Obama of calling Americans "lazy,'' rival Rick Perry stole the line for a new television commercial.

"Can you believe that?'' Perry demands in the spot running on cable and broadcast networks in Iowa. "That's what our president thinks is wrong with America? That Americans are lazy? That's pathetic.''

The ad mirrors Romney' criticism of President Obama's recent remarks at a gathering of corporate executives in Hawaii. While the president's campaign says he was simply encouraging the executives to promote the U.S. abroad and attract foreign investors, Romney had a less positive interpretation.

"Sometimes I just don't think that President Obama understands America,'' Romney said while campaigning yesterday in South Carolina. "Now I say that because this week or was it last week he said Americans are lazy. I don't think that describes Americans.''

In the fast-moving world of presidential campaigns, it's not unusual for a candidate to pounce on a remark and produce a commercial overnight. Wonder if Romney was planning to do the same?

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