A political action committee founded by former New York Senate candidate David Malpass is running radio advertisements in Iowa urging people to write in Texas Governor Rick Perry's name on the Ames Straw Poll ballot, according to the Des Moines Register.
Politico reported that Iowa Republican leaders left Perry and Sarah Palin off the Ames Straw Poll ballot. The outcome of the poll is used to judge a campaign's ability to organize and mobilize its supporters, and often shapes the race. The nine names included on the ballot are: Ron Paul, Rick Santorum, Tim Pawlenty, Herman Cain, Thaddeus McCotter, Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney, Jon Huntsman and Newt Gingrich.
"President Obama is making things worse," David Malpass of GrowPAC says in the radio ad. "We need a president who will stop this. Iowa has a chance to turn things around for America. At the Ames Straw Poll write in Rick Perry, he can win and make America secure again."
The ad also says that Perry has a proven track record of controlling spending and understands the Tenth Amendment.
Perry is the longest-serving governor in Texas history and is expected to announce whether or not he is running for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination in the coming weeks. He has recently come under fire for an evangelical Christian prayer rally that he initiated in Houston.
Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer last week that he thinks Perry will run for president. Musharraf and Perry met in Austin last week to discuss the deteriorating relationship between the U.S. and Pakistan.
Listen to the radio ad below: