Perry’s latest ad is generating praise, rather than jeers. The sixty-second web ad targeted at South Carolina primary voters is chock full of American imagery (flags, football, fighter jets) and, as the Texas Tribune‘s Reeve Hamilton notes, even features a cameo from Ronald Reagan in the form of an audio clip from his first inaugural address.
“It is time for us to realize that we’re too great a nation to limit ourselves to small dreams,” Reagan says, and barely a second passes before transitioning to Perry: “I have never quit a day in my life, I have never quit in the face of adversity, and I’m not just about to quit on the future of America,” Perry says, resolutely.
Slate‘s David Weigel points out the slick ad was made by Lucas Baiano, who he describes as “the twentysomething savant who made Tim Pawlenty into a Michael Bay hero in his 2011 ad campaign.” Weigel goes on to screenshot some of the clips most impressive imagery.
“They should have been running this ad weeks ago,” declared RedState editor-in-chief Erick Erickson on Twitter. At Business Insider, Michael Brendan Doughtery judges Perry’s latest effort to be good: “It’s like a glimpse of what the Rick Perry campaign would have been if not for his totally abysmal debate performances.”