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After taking a lot of flak for his “Strong” ad, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is back with a new ad that blames political correctness for some of the federal government’s shortcomings.
“Washington is the capital of political correctness, where double-speak reigns and the truth is frowned upon,” Perry says in the ad.
“You 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.”
In conclusion, Perry says he is a Washington outsider who will “tell [the American people] the truth.”
Perry has disabled the “like/dislike” and comment feature on the YouTube video. This move comes after his previous “Strong” ad garnered more than 675,000 dislikes and thousands of angry comments. The Daily Caller previously reported on the ad saying that it attracted more “disdain than teeny-bopper Rebecca Black’s infamous ‘Friday’ music video.”
The GOP candidate’s previous ad, released in Iowa, was criticized as being “homophobic,” among other things, and as the ad went viral Perry’s critics grew in numbers. In the ad, Perry says “you don’t need to be in the pew every Sunday to know there’s something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military but our kids can’t openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school. While touting himself as a Christian, he then vows to end Obama’s “war on religion.”
The new ad seems to be attacking both front-runner candidates Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich for their reputation of being “career politicians” that earn votes simply by telling the American people what they want to hear regardless of whether it’s the truth or not.
Currently, according to Real Clear Politics polling, Perry has about 7 percent support from conservative voters while Gingrich leads with 33.5 percent.