Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry today is launching his second campaign ad in the critical state of Iowa, arguing that he may not sound like a polished, Washington politician but he still has the answers for the economy.
"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," Perry says in the ad, looking into the camera with a smile as upbeat music plays in the background. "I'm a doer; not a talker."
The simply shows Perry speaking in front of a white background. The Texas governor says his state created 40 percent of the new jobs in the entire country since June 2009 and cut a record $15 billion from the state budget.
"Now they say we can't do that in Washington," he says. "Well, they're wrong, and they need to go."
Like Perry's, the latest spot is intended to remind Iowa GOP voters -- who will vote in the nation's first caucuses on January 3 -- of Perry's greatest strength: his job creation record.
Perry has his work cut out for him in Iowa, where a new Des Moines Register poll released Saturday evening shows Perry tied with Newt Gingrich for fifth place at 7 percent. The poll shows businessman and former lobbyist Herman Cain leading the field at 23 percent with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney virtually tied with Cain at 22 percent. Rep. Ron Paul comes in third with 12 percent.
The poll stands in contrast to a survey conducted by Republican polling firm Magellan Strategies shortly after Perry entered the race. That poll showed Perry leading in Iowa with 24 percent support.
Perry's slide in the polls can be attributed to some poorly-received debate performances -- in other words, as Perry says in his latest ad, he's not a "talker."
Underscoring that point, a carefully-edited video created some buzz over the weekend, showing cuts of a speech Perry delivered on Friday in New Hampshire. The cuts show elements of Perry's speech in which he made some curious comments and emphatic hand gestures. According to reporters on the ground, the speech raised some eyebrows.
"It was different," Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas told the Huffington Post of the speech.
Perry spokesman Mark Miner told the Huffington Post, "The governor is passionate about the issues he talks about."
Asked about his slipping poll numbers on Friday, Perry said, "." He pointed to the fact that he collected more than $17 million between the time he entered the campaign in August and the end of September, suggesting he has plenty of cash to implement new strategies to win over voters.
His latest ad is part of a new strategy, the New York Times reports, to better introduce himself to voters in early-nominating states and seize on his rivals' vulnerabilities.
There could be an opening for Perry, now that Cain will have to deal withthat he was accused of sexual harassment multiple times as head of the National Restaurant Association.
On top of that Perry, has a bigger campaign organization in Iowa and South Carolina, another early-voting state, than any other candidate, the Times reports.
Despite his own acknowledgment of his shortcomings on the debate stage, the governor will participate in at least five more primary debates, his campaign told the Associated Press Saturday.
On "Fox News Sunday" over the weekend, Perry said he could also handle debating President Obama. "I'm not worried a bit that I'll be able to stand on the stage with Barack Obama and draw a very bright line," he said.