AUSTIN (KXAN) — One day before the next Republican presidential debate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry opened fire on chief rival Mitt Romney by likening President Barack Obama's health care law to the one Romney signed in Massachusetts.
In a minute-long ad posted on YouTube, Perry strings images of the Democrat president together with Romney and uses quotes from the former Massachusetts governor touting the state's health care law as a model for the nation.
"Why don't you follow the path we pursued," Romney says. "You'll find it's the best remedy."
Other frames show Obama saying that Massachusetts provided the blueprint for the bill he signed into law.
"I agree with Mitt Romney," the president says. "He's right."
Finally, Perry highlights the snippet at the most recent debate where Romney critiques the GOP field and adds in for good measure -- "There is a lot of reasons not to elect me."
Perry's spot comes after his campaign began rapidly losing altitude following several lackluster debate performances, including where he badly flubbed a rehearsed attack line aimed at Romney.
It also comes on the heels of A blistering online ad by Romney excoriating Perry's support of allowing the children of undocumented immigrants to attend Texas public universities at in-state tuition rates.
In the 90-second spot, Romney ties Perry not only to Obama, but to congressional Democrat leaders Nancy Pelosi of California and Harry Reid of Nevada. For good measure, Romney includes a soundbite in halting English from former Mexican President Vicente Fox lavishing praise on the Texan.
"I want to publicly recognize Governor Perry and the state of Texas by having taken that step forward, when you decided to give access to Mexican migrants to universities in Texas," Fox says.
Several media outlets over the weekend quoted associates of Perry saying he plans to be sharper at Tuesday's debate in New Hampshire's Dartmouth College, sponsored by The Washington Post and Bloomberg TV.
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