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Rick Perry’s Wife Anita Stars In New Ad

Anita Perry is starring in the latest Rick Perry campaign advertisement running in Iowa. Wearing a blue top and scarf, Mrs. Perry talks about the couple’s “old fashioned American story.”

“I married my high school sweetheart, but first I had to wait as he volunteered for the Air Force and flew planes all over the world,” she says over sentimental piano and strings music.

“He returned home to farm with his dad and asked me to marry him,” she says. “We grew up in small towns raised with Christian values, values we still believe in. And we know Washington D.C. could use some of that.”

Then Perry pops up behind his wife and says, “I’m Rick Perry, and I really approve of this message.”

The Iowa Caucuses are less than two weeks away and all GOP candidates are making a final push in the state, except former Utah Governor John Huntsman, who is placing all his chips in the first-in-the-nation primary state of New Hampshire.

A new Rasmussen poll of likely Iowa caucus participants puts Perry in a tie for fourth with former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum. Both scored 10 percent. Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney leads the survey with 25 percent support, followed by Texas Congressman Ron Paul at 20 percent and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich with 17 percent.

But Perry’s Iowa campaign co-chair is holding out hope for a last minute shift in support.

“I still think there are a lot of undecideds,” former U.S. District Attorney Matt Whitaker told the Des Moines Register. “Lots of people have questions and want a candidate who will meet their needs. Obviously, I believe it’s Rick Perry.”

Nathan Bernier is the transportation reporter at KUT. He covers the big projects that are reshaping how we get around Austin, like the I-35 overhaul, the airport's rapid growth and the multibillion dollar transit expansion Project Connect. He also focuses on the daily changes that affect how we walk, bike and drive around the city. Got a tip? Email him at Follow him on Twitter @KUTnathan.
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