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Rick Perry's New Ad: 'Obama's Socialist Policies Are Bankrupting America' (VIDEO)

First Posted: 11/16/2011 1:38 pm Updated: 11/16/2011 5:50 pm

WASHINGTON -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) is running a new 30-second ad that advocates voting President Obama out of office in 2012 because his "socialist policies are bankrupting America."

The ad, titled "Lazy," is running heavily on Fox News. It features a clip of the president saying, "We've been a little bit lazy I think over the last couple of decades." Perry calls that statement "pathetic," adding, "Obama's socialist policies are bankrupting America. We must stop him now."

"As President Obama continues to make excuses for our nation's economic struggles, apologizing for America and disparaging Americans by calling us lazy, soft and un-ambitious, Gov. Perry is offering solutions to reverse the damage inflicted by this out-of-touch administration," Ray Sullivan, communications director for the Perry campaign, said in a statement. "This ad underscores Gov. Perry's priority to overhaul Washington through common-sense measures including a balanced budget amendment and reducing Congressional salaries."

Conservatives have been hitting Obama for his comment in recent days, but he was actually referring to policymakers -- not the American public -- for not attracting enough businesses.

"We've been a little bit lazy, I think, over the last couple of decades," said Obama during a recent speech at a business forum in Hawaii. We've kind of taken for granted, well, people will want to come here and we aren't out there hungry, selling America and trying to attract new businesses into America."

This isn't the first time that Perry has leveled the "socialist" charge at Obama. In 2009, he said that "this is an administration hell-bent toward taking American towards a socialist country."

In a September interview with Time, Perry stood by that remark, saying, "I still believe they are socialist. Their policies prove that almost daily. Look, when all the answers emanate from Washington D.C., one size fits all, whether it's education policy or whether it's healthcare policy, that is, on its face, socialism."

The New York Times recently reported that the Perry campaign had bought $1 million worth of ad time on Fox News.

Ad script:

Video of President Obama: "We've been a little bit lazy I think over the last couple of decades."

Rick Perry: "Can you believe that? That's what our President thinks is wrong with America? That Americans are lazy?"

"That's pathetic. It's time to clean house in Washington."

"It's time for a Balanced Budget Amendment that forces Washington to stop overspending."

"If Congress balks, cut their pay and send them home."

"Obama's socialist policies are bankrupting America. We must stop him now."

"I'm Rick Perry. I approve this message."

Check out the slideshow below for more on Rick Perry:
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In the beginning of Rick Perry's political career, he was elected to the Texas House of Representatives as a Democrat in 1984. As a freshman, he joined other fiscal conservatives in the "pit bulls," named after where they sat in the lower pit of the House Appropriations Committee.

During the 1988 presidential primaries, he supported the candidacy of fellow Southern Democrat Al Gore and worked on his Texas campaign.

Perry ended up voting for George H.W. Bush that year and, in 1989, he switched parties to become a Republican.

Despite his party change, Perry has never lost an election, a record that goes back to elementary school.

Following his three terms in the Texas House. Perry was elected Texas Agriculture Commissioner in 1990 and was re-elected in 1994. His background as the son of a cotton farmer and an animal science major at Texas A&M University undoubtedly helped his campaign.

In 1998, Perry was elected as Lieutenant Governor of Texas. It was during this race that he had a falling out with GOP strategist Karl Rove which led to a reported rivalry with the George W. Bush camp.

When Bush won the presidency in 2000, Perry ascended to become governor in December 2000. He has been re-elected to the position three times since, making him the longest continually-serving governor in the nation.

Correction: An earlier version of this caption incorrectly stated that Perry was the chairman of Gore's Texas campaign.
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