Rick Perry ad: I'm not "politically correct"

Republican presidential candidate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry addresses the 2012 Republican Presidential Candidates Forum hosted by the Republican Jewish Coalition, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, in Washington.

Updated 5:29 p.m. Eastern Time

Rick Perry's presidential advertising continues to channel the political fights of the 1990s.

Having been critical of gays in the military and President Obama's supposed "war on religion"in a previous ad, the Texas Governor is out with a new spot in which he claims that Americans don't get the truth about Washington because it's not "politically correct."

"Washington is the capital of political correctness," says Perry, speaking directly to the camera. "Where double speak reigns and the truth is frowned upon. Ya can't say that congressmen becoming lobbyists is a form of legal corruption. Or that we give aid money to countries who oppose America. Or that Washington insiders are bankrupting Social Security. You and I know it's true -- but not politically correct. I'm Rick Perry, an outsider who will overhaul Washington and tell you the truth, and I approve this message."

The ad, which does not mention Perry's rivals, will run on national cable and Iowa broadcast and cable, according to the Perry campaign.

Perry, a onetime frontrunner in the polls, has slipped to single digit support nationally. But thanks to his strong fundraising - only Mitt Romney has a comparable war chest - Perry has the money to make a strong paid media push before the January 3 Iowa caucuses.

Perry's use of the phrase "politically correct" in his ad doesn't square with the traditional use of the phrase, which is more often tied to overly careful handling of topics like race and gender.

Perry said on Fox News Tuesday that there should be more limits on members of Congress becoming lobbyists. While Perry rival Newt Gingrich never registered as a lobbyist, he made millions of dollars brokering influence after his time as House Speaker.

"We need to look at banning the ability of members to become lobbyists or at least extending the waiting period beyond the current law, and we also need to look at the definition of lobbying," he said. "You know, a lot of these members of the legislature or members of Congress, they become quote, consultants, to trade and lobbying organizations without actually registering as lobbyists. But you and I both know that's just you're hiding behind a definition -- this is like Bill Clinton saying what the definition of 'is' is."

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