Rick Perry Swings at Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney for Individual Mandate

Dec 8, 2011 4:16pm

Looks like the gloves are finally off for Rick Perry. After avoiding attacking Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney, he’s waded into the fight Thursday, releasing an ad linking Gingrich and Romney, his first hit on a Republican opponent in a television ad, to President Obama’s health care plan and the individual mandate (click here to watch).

“We don’t want Government mandated health care. Yet Newt Gingrich supports it. And Mitt Romney? He put it into law in Massachusetts. Worse, Barack Obama forced it on the entire nation,” a voice reads in the 30-second ad. “”Rick Perry. He’ll repeal it, starting day one.”

“I won’t let the big government liberals ruin this country,” Perry says, wearing a blazer and button-down shirt, a different look than his frequent more casual wear.

Repeating his insistence that he is an “outsider” to Washington, Perry concludes the ad saying, “I’m an outsider who will repeal Obamacare.”

At a press conference Thursday morning, Perry refused to attack Gingrich when asked by reporters if he agreed with the Romney surrogates calling the former speaker of the house “erratic.”

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