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Rick Perry ad: Obama comments "pathetic," positions "socialist"

Rick Perry's presidential campaign is out with a new ad, "Lazy," attacking President Obama for his comment that Americans have "been a little bit lazy I think over the last couple of decades."

After video of the president making that comment is shown in the ad, Perry, standing outside in a casual shirt, addresses the camera. "Can you believe that?" he says. "That's what our President thinks wrong with America? [sic] That Americans are lazy? That's pathetic." (Perry appears to have omitted an "is" from his comments.)

Perry goes on to say "it's time to clean house in Washington," an argument that squares with his recent call to overhaul all three branches of government, a proposal that includes making being a member of Congress a part-time job.

"It's time for a Balanced Budget Amendment that forces Washington to stop overspending," Perry goes on to say. "If Congress balks, cut their pay and send them home."

He then complains that "Obama's socialist policies are bankrupting America," adding: "We must stop him now."

The Perry campaign says the 30-second spot is airing on national cable and on broadcast television in Iowa; CBS News saw it on Fox News Wednesday afternoon.

The ad marks the latest foray in the Perry campaign's effort to reboot the Texas governor's candidacyafter a string of poor debate performances - capped off by the now-infamous "oops" moment- that have helped drive down his standing in the polls. 

Perry now polls in the single digits in national polls, though his substantial war chest means he can spend millions of dollars in advertising in an effort to improve his standing before voters head to the polls. His campaign is becoming increasingly focused on the first-in-the-nation voting state of Iowa, which caucuses on January 3, in the hope that a strong finish could generate some much-needed momentum.

Rick Perry seeks to reboot after "oops" moment

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