The political action committee promoting Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s economic agenda as he ponders a 2016 bid for the presidency is airing ads criticizing gridlock in Washington while promoting governors of Republican-led states.
“Conservative governors are reforming taxes and regulations, helping small businesses grow, cutting and balancing budgets,” Perry says in the ads that launched today, sponsored by Americans for Economic Freedom. “We need more of that and less of Washington.”
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Perry announced the formation of the group last month, using $200,000 left over from Make Us Great Again, a political action committee led by people close to Perry during his failed presidential primary bid in 2012. He will step down as Texas’s governor in January 2014 and has said he’s considering the race in 2016.
The ad campaign will cost “in the high six figures” with ads running on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and 10 talk radio shows, spokeswoman Sara Marie Kinney said.
The impasse in Washington is giving Perry a chance to take shots at Congress. At a news conference last week near Austin, he cited a Public Policy Polling poll showing that hemorrhoids and jury duty are viewed more favorably than Congress.
“Sit down with the president and go to work” he said.
Board members of Perry’s new group include former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a Republican who also sought the party’s presidential nomination in 2012, and Anheuser-Busch scion August Busch III.