"If you're looking for a slick politician or a guy with great teleprompter skills, we already have that -- and he's destroying our economy. I'm a doer, not a talker," he says in the 30-second ad being broadcast by local stations and cable networks. "In Texas we created 40 percent of the new jobs in the entire country since June of 2009. And we cut a record 15 billion dollars from our state budget. Now they say we can't do that in Washington. We'll they're wrong, and they need to go."
The Perry campaign spent 175 thousand dollars on its first ad buy in the state of Iowa; with a second buy that's once again showcasing his jobs record, Perry's team is trying to reframe the narrative and reverse Perry's steep dip in the polls, which were prompted by lackluster debate performances.
Perry will be back in the Hawkeye state on Tuesday to speak at a presidential forum hosted by the National Association of Manufacturers. GOP hopefuls Ron Paul, Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, and Rick Santorum are also expected to speak.
A Des Moines Register poll of likely caucus goers in Iowa, which came out Saturday, showed Perry tied with Newt Gingrich in fifth place at 7 percent, behind Cain, Romney, Paul, and Bachmann.
As the Texas governor's star has fallen, Herman Cain's has risen, even in Perry's home state. A new University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll released Monday has the former Godfather's Pizza CEO edging out Perry among Texas registered voters who identify themselves as Republicans, with Cain leading Perry by one point at 27 percent, although it's important to note his lead is within the margin of error. Cain polled best among the most conservative voters in the state at 37 percent to 24 percent while Perry ranked first among all other groups.
On Fox News Sunday, Rick Perry made an argument similar to his latest ad asking voters to evaluate his record rather than his debating skills.
"We got a great debater, a smooth politician in the White House right now, that's not working really good for America, " he said. "If you want to know how someone is going to perform in the future, take a look at their past."