Why the Rick Perry Super PAC Is Spending $1 Million to Get Their Candidate Into a Debate

Only 10 GOP candidates will be allowed to participate in the first debate.

“Our goal is to make sure he’s standing on the debate stage,” said Austin Barbour, senior adviser to the Opportunity and Freedom super PAC.

A spot in the August debate would give Perry a second chance of sorts after suffering a famous memory lapse at a 2011 Republican primary debate, which has become known as the former Texas governor’s “oops” moment.

Barbour said his group plans to spend just under $1 million on the advertising campaign.

One of the television ads the group has produced shows photos of a determined-looking Perry on a Texas Highway patrol boat as he talks about deploying the Texas National Guard to secure the border. A radio ad makes a similar point.

No other candidate can match Governor Perry’s executive experience securing our nation’s southern border.Get more details and Join our Insider Access Program! - https://opportunityandfreedompac.com/?p=442

Posted by Opportunity and Freedom PAC on Tuesday, June 23, 2015

“When there was a crisis on our southern border, Rick Perry did more than talk,” a narrator in the spot says. “He took action.”

Both use the sound bite of Perry saying, “Mr. President, if you do not secure this border, Texas will.”

Barbour noted the radio advertisements will run on the conservative Salem radio network, which boasts an estimated 10 million listeners a week and includes talk shows hosted by Bill Bennett, Hugh Hewitt and Mike Gallagher.

He said the ads were aimed at reaching a “really dedicated, loyal group of conservative activists, and it’s really important we reintroduce Perry to them.”

No other candidate can match Governor Perry’s executive experience securing our nation’s southern border.Get more details and Join our Insider Access Program! - https://opportunityandfreedompac.com/?p=442

“When there was a crisis on our southern border, Rick Perry did more than talk,” a narrator in the spot says. “He took action.”

Both use the sound bite of Perry saying, “Mr. President, if you do not secure this border, Texas will.”

Barbour noted the radio advertisements will run on the conservative Salem radio network, which boasts an estimated 10 million listeners a week and includes talk shows hosted by Bill Bennett, Hugh Hewitt and Mike Gallagher.

He said the ads were aimed at reaching a “really dedicated, loyal group of conservative activists, and it’s really important we reintroduce Perry to them.”

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