Perry Vs. Romney Round 2: The Battle of the Online Video Ads

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The battle between Republican presidential candidates Rick Perry and Mitt Romney rages on. New England Post previously reported on the Romney camp labeling Perry, “Governor Sub-Zero,” in reference to Perry’s less-than-stellar performance on job creation in Texas. Now the inter-party attacks have moved on from the issue of job creation to the issues of healthcare and immigration.

In a recent Republican debate, Perry called out Romney for flip-flopping his views on healthcare in his book, No Apology: Believe in America. According to Perry, between the hardcover and paperback editions of Romney’s book, Romney removed a key line of text that had suggested “Romneycare” should be instated at the national level.

“…you said it was exactly what the American people needed, to have that Romneycare given to them as you had in Massachusetts,” stated Perry. “Then in your paperback, you took that line out.”

To further drive home Perry’s point, the Perry camp released this online video ad:

According to the political fact-checking website,, Perry’s assessment of Romney’s book edit is not entirely spot-on. Romney never wrote that he supported the government takeover of healthcare, but instead defended the rights of states to decide for themselves. Take a look at the edit in question:

Hardcover version:

It’s portable, affordable health insurance — something people have been talking about for decades. We can accomplish the same thing for everyone in the country, and it can be done without letting government take over health care.

Paperback version:

It’s portable, affordable health insurance — something people have been talking about for decades. And it was done without government taking over health care.

Of course, Romney could not let Perry’s video ad go unanswered. So the Romney camp recently released its own online video ad, which paints Perry as having the same views on immigration as President Obama and the Democratic Governor of Maryland, Martin O’Malley. The ad highlights a statement that Perry made at a recent Republican debate, wherein he voices his support for providing in-state tuition to illegal immigrants.

The battle of the online video ads show no signs of slowing down. Perry’s camp has already released a follow-up to the “Words Have Meaning” video, which is called “Romney’s Race to the Flop.” The video contends that Romney is in favor of President Obama’s Race to the Top program, but that he flip-flopped his position during a recent Republican debate.

As with the battle of the online video ads, the online buzz surrounding the bad blood between Perry and Romney is surging. Just do a quick Twitter search of “Perry” and “Romney” to see what I mean.

Now it’s your turn to weigh-in, New England Post community. Whose video ad is more convincing, Perry’s or Romney’s? Which Republican candidate do you think has the upper-hand? Leave a comment below!

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