Rick Perry Releases New Ad Called "Right Track"

Screen Shot: Perry's Open for Business Ad
Screen Shot: Perry's Open for Business Ad

Gov. Rick Perry has released a new television ad, "Right Track," that argues Texas is, well, on the right track.

In the spot, Perry says that job creation is his top priority and that, since 2005, most of America's private sector jobs since have been created in Texas.

Here's the ad:

 

 

Here's the script:

Gov. Perry: “Texas is on the right path. As your governor, job creation is my top priority.”

“Since I took office, Texas has added more than 850,000 new jobs.”

 “In fact, since 2005, 80 percent of the new private sector jobs in America … ”

 “were created right here in Texas.”

 “Texas is on the right track.”

“Low taxes …”

 “balanced budget … ”

“and strong public schools … ”

 “make Texas the number one state for job creation.”

Narrator: "Securing our future. Governor Rick Perry."

 

 

The campaign also provided sourcing for the claims it makes in the ad, which is detailed below.

“Texas is on the right path. As your governor, job creation is my top priority.”

“Since I took office, Texas has added more than 850,000 new jobs.”

SOURCE: U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS), current employment statistics, employees on nonfarm payrolls by state and selected industry sector, seasonally adjusted, from Jan. 2001 (when Gov. Perry took office) to Jan. 2010 (most recent official employment numbers).
Texas: Jan. 2001: 9,542,400; June 2010: 10,395,800; Change: 853,000 gain
Complete BLS nonfarm employment statistics (Jan. 2001-Aug. 2010) available online athttp://www.scribd.com/doc/38920588/BLS-Job-Statistics-Nonfarm-Employment-Jan-2001-to-Aug-2010  

“In fact, since 2005, 80 percent of the new private sector jobs in America … ”

“were created right here in Texas.”

SOURCE: U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS), current employment statistics, employees on private payrolls by state and selected industry sector, not seasonally adjusted
Texas: August 2005: 8,132,900; August 2010: 8,580,600; Change: 447,000 gain
Only eight other states plus District of Columbia increased their number of private sector jobs from Aug. 2005 to Aug. 2010 for a total of 116,300 new private sector jobs outside Texas.
Texas’ 447,700 new private sector jobs / 564,000 total in United States = 79.4 percent
Complete BLS private sector employment statistics (Aug. 2005-Aug. 2010) available online athttp://www.scribd.com/doc/38921591/BLS-Private-Sector-Employment-Aug-05-to-Aug-10

“Texas is on the right track.”

“Low taxes … ”

SOURCE: “Texas' State/Local Tax Burden Among Nation's Lowest,” Tax Foundation,http://www.taxfoundation.org/research/topic/60.html

“balanced budget … ”

SOURCE: LBB report on conference committee report from May 2009 for SB1 (the budget)http://www.lbb.state.tx.us/Bill_81/5_Conference/Bill-81-5_Conference_Summary_0509.pdf

“and strong public schools … ”

SOURCES: “Closing the Expectations Gap,” Achive, March 2010,http://www.achieve.org/files/AchieveClosingtheExpectationsGap2010.pdf 
EXCERPTS: “With the passage of HB 3 in June 2009, Texas became the only state that meets the minimum criteria Achieve believes necessary to measure and provide incentives for college and career readiness,” and, “Texas has the most comprehensive approach to college- and career-ready accountability.”
http://www.achieve.org/files/AchieveClosingtheExpectationsGap2010.pdf (Page 21)

“make Texas the number one state for job creation.”

SOURCES:
U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, current employment statistics, employees on nonfarm payrolls by state and selected industry sector, seasonally adjusted, from Jan. 2001 (when Gov. Perry took office) to Jan. 2010 (most recent official employment numbers).
Texas: Jan. 2001: 9,542,400; June 2010: 10,395,800; Change: 853,000 gain
United States: Jan. 2001: 122,856,800; June 2010: 119,671,800, Change: 3,185,000 loss
Complete BLS nonfarm employment statistics (Jan. 2001-Aug. 2010) available online athttp://www.scribd.com/doc/38920588/BLS-Job-Statistics-Nonfarm-Employment-Jan-2001-to-Aug-2010 “By any measure, Texas tops nation in job creation,” Houston Chronicle, 8/24/10,http://blogs.chron.com/txpotomac/2010/08/by_any_measure_texas_tops_nati.html 

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