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In newest ad, Perry calls Obama remark ‘pathetic’

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AP Photo/Michael Thomas | BDN
Republican presidential hopeful Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks during a "Welcome Home Rally" at Abel's on the Lake in Austin, Texas, on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011.
By Chris Cillizza, The Washington Post

Looking to claw back to a leading role in the Republican presidential race, Texas Gov. Rick Perry appears to have settled on a simple strategy: Attack President Barack Obama.

His latest ad, which began airing Wednesday in Iowa and on national cable stations, takes Obama to task for a recent comment that America has grown “a little bit lazy” in attracting foreign investment.

“That’s pathetic,” Perry says, looking into the camera. Later, he adds that “Obama’s socialist policies are bankrupting America.”

Perry faces a daunting challenge as he seeks to reclaim his status as a top-tier candidate. Other than former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, no candidate can match Perry’s campaign funds ($15 million in the bank at the end of September) but his support among self-identified conservative Republicans has eroded sharply.

Romney also took issue with the comment this week, accusing Obama of calling Americans lazy. “I don’t think that describes Americans,” he said.

Obama’s remark, to a group of business executives at an economic conference in Hawaii, referred to the issue of drumming up foreign investment in the United States. “We’ve kind of taken for granted . . . people will want to come here, and we aren’t out there hungry, selling America,” he said.

A spokesman for the Obama campaign, Ben LaBolt, fired back at the Republican candidates, saying: “Rick Perry and Mitt Romney apparently don’t think the president should encourage CEOs to promote the United States abroad in order to create American jobs and attract investment at home.”

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