Aug 25, 2011 12:32 PM GMT
This probably has something to do with: http://www.gallup.com/poll/149180/Perry-Zooms-Front-Pack-2012-GOP-Nomination.aspx and how poorly Obama is performing in the polls
The Obama campaign team is asking Texans to share complaints about Gov. Rick Perry, and compiling the critiques for possible use in Perry-bashing ads and other material - a sure sign the president's advisers are taking no chances.
"Your feedback will help hold him accountable on the campaign trail, inspire fellow Texans to get involved, and introduce his record -- his actual record -- to voters across the country," Hector Nieto, the campaign's Texas director, told Texas supporters by email blast today. "Your words will remind him that even as he runs, he won't be able to hide -- a lesson he apparently hadn't learned as recently as last week. That's when his campaign explained that the positions he took in the book he wrote just nine months ago, like saying that Social Security is unconstitutional and `a crumbling monument to the failure of the New Deal,' no longer represent his views.
"But what other Americans are just starting to learn about -- and, frankly, reject -- Texans have dealt with for more than a decade. It's up to us to make sure he doesn't get to run away from the truth."
Nieto's email says hundreds of Texans have already shared their dim views on Perry, directing critics to an online form where they can suggest their own favorite "failed policies" for which he should be held accountable.
Submitting a suggestion grants the Obama campaign perpetual rights to use the comments in any form of political advertising.
Last week, Nieto sent an email blast seeking donations as small as $5 to help counter Perry's "tall tale" of a Texas economic miracle.
"We've seen this movie before. A Republican governor from Texas decides to run for president on a record of `results,' " he wrote. "...It's up to us to introduce folks around the country to the Rick Perry we know in Texas: the man who supports the Tea Party plan to end Medicare as we know it, who would cut K-12 education spending and important investments in research and jobs, and who's so far out of the mainstream on climate change that he actually believes the globe is cooling."