After scaling a series of misleading videos out onto the Internet (like the drive-by Misleading, which neatly lives up to its name), Rick Perry has launched an actual paid ad campaign on TV.
Transcript of the ad (which is getting a $175,000 media buy in Iowa according to Politico Playbook):
As president, I’ll create at least two-and-a-half million new jobs. And I know something about that. In Texas, we’ve created over 1 million new jobs while the rest of the nation lost over 2 million. I’ll start by opening American oil and gas fields. I’ll eliminate President Obama’s regulations that hurt other sources of domestic energy, like coal and natural gas. That’ll create jobs, and reduce our reliance on oil from countries that hate America. I’m Rick Perry, and I approve of this message.
As MSNBC’s First Read has pointed out, that’s only 52,000 jobs a month, making Perry’s promise of 2.5 million jobs in four years sort of a lock.
Maybe he thought voters wouldn’t do the math. Division, after all, is his department.