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Anita Perry touts Rick's 'American story' in new TV ad

The ad begins airing on national cable TV and both broadcast and cable in Iowa on Wednesday, according to the campaign.

Anita Perry speaks into the camera in the ad, telling what she calls "an old-fashioned American story" of her marriage to Rick and of their shared Christian values.

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Gov. Perry has emphasized family and faith in his previous Iowa ads. The ad is also on message with Perry's attempt to position himself as the "Washington outsider" in the race.

"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," Anita Perry says. "When Rick's tour of duty as a captain in the Air Force ended, he returned home to farm with his dad and asked me to marry him. 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."

The Texas governor adds extra emphasis to the ad at the end, popping into the frame behind his wife to add: "I'm Rick Perry, and I really approve this message."

While Rick Perry has been on a two-week bus tour in Iowa, his wife has been stumping for her husband in New Hampshire.

She has been forced to defend her husband's weak performance in polls, where he is trailing in the single digits.