With a fresh $17 million raised in the third quarter, Republican presidential candidate and Texas Governor Rick Perry issued a new television advertisement focusing on former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney's state-wide healthcare mandate and suggesting Romney's wealth cannot buy off his past record on instituting "Romneycare" and other programs deemed questionable by Conservative voters.
"Romney's Remedy," as the spot is known, tethers the Republican front-runner to President Obama's nationalized healthcare agenda, calling the legislation "America's most damaging prescription."
But Governor Perry is broadly seen as having to deliver a winning performance at Tuesday night's GOP debate in New Hampshire. The debate will be held at Dartmouth College and will focus exclusively on the economy and economic issues in a round-table style that will be moderated by Charlie Rose, Washington Post's Karen Tumulty and Bloomberg's Julianna Goldman.
Perry's ad, released on Monday, makes a point of highlighting Romney's wealth, noting: “Even the richest man can’t buy back his past.”
At a gathering in New Hampshire, Romney shrugged off the latest broadside from Perry, saying that “there’s a little ad that’s out there today,” according to a Washington Post report
Perry's attack comes on the heels of a newly-released Washington Post / Bloomberg poll
that demonstrates Romney's lead among Republican candidates seen as most capable of turning around the ailing U.S. economy, with Herman Cain just 2 percentage points behind Romney.
The Washington Post / Bloomberg poll asked "Which GOP candidate would do the most to improve the economy?"
Mitt Romney: 22 percent
Herman Cain: 20 percent
Rick Perry: 12 percent
Ron Paul: 8 percent
Newt Gingrich: 6 percent
Tuesday night's debate will begin at 8 P.M. EST and will be broadcast live on Washingtonpost.com.