Politics

New Perry Iowa Ad Touts Jobs Over Campaign Polish

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Trailing in a new Iowa poll, Republican Rick Perry says in a new ad running there that his jobs record is more important than the candidate’s on-camera polish.

The Texas governor is trying to convert criticism of his performances during recent debates into an asset by arguing that President Barack Obama — and implicitly his chief GOP rival Mitt Romney — are better speakers than leaders.

Perry says: “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.”

Perry had support from 7 percent of likely Iowa GOP caucus-goers in a poll published Sunday by The Des Moines Register.

Perry, with an aggressive Iowa strategy, is expected back twice this week.

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