Perry airing new ad on energy policy in Iowa

Source: Jennifer Yachnin • E&E  • Posted: Friday, December 2, 2011

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) launched a new campaign ad today vowing to reduce American imports of foreign oil while increasing domestic production.

The 30-second ad features footage of former President Carter and President Obama calling for an end to “dependence on foreign oil,” before switching to Perry.

“It’s almost 2012 and we’re still addicted to foreign oil. President Obama and Washington: All talk, no action,” Perry states, before vowing to “reopen our oil and gas fields” and “eliminate excessive regulations.”

The ad began running statewide today in Iowa, where Republican caucuses will be held on Jan. 3.

Perry, who is seeking the Republican presidential nomination, has called for a massive overhaul of the federal government, including the elimination of the Energy Department and a downsized U.S. EPA.

The Texas governor’s campaign has struggled, however, including a gaffe during a November debate when Perry could not recall the name of DOE when listing out the trio of agencies he would eliminate.