What if there were a well-funded group pushing for a Rick Perry candidacy? It turns out there is.
On Monday, the super PAC Jobs for Iowa released an ad aimed at the first-in-the country state. The spot, “What If,” touts Perry’s time in Texas, in which the governor was actually present when jobs were created. It also mentions that Texas has “no deficit” and a “decade of balanced budgets.”
The ad ends with its own question and answer:
What if we had a better option for President? We do. Rick Perry.
The $40,000 ad buy will run for two weeks in Iowa and only on Fox News, according to Politico.
Perry has been teasing for weeks that he’s considering a run for the 2012 Republican nomination. The hints have vaulted him into fourth place in polling, according to the Real Clear Politics average, although he won’t be participating in Iowa’s Ames Straw poll on Aug. 13.
Super PACs are political organizations that can raise unlimited amounts of cash from corporations, individuals and unions. They are not permitted to actively work with candidates they support.
Jobs for Iowa isn’t the only super PAC aiming to push Perry into the race. Americans for Rick Perry has raised more than $400,000 since June.