In a new Rick Perry Web advertisement titled “Champion,” the Texas governor says he’s committed to staying in the GOP presidential race and is capable of staging a comeback.
The ad plays Perry’s words over classic American images, such as Babe Ruth hitting a home run and Sylvester Stallone’s “Rocky” with his hands in the air.
“I have never quit a day in my life,” Perry says. “I have never quit in the face of adversity and I’m not just about to quit on the future of America. I am going to stay in this race and stay in this fight because our children and this country are worth the fight.”
The ad also includes an image of a football player bent praying on one knee — a reference to Tim Tebow, to whom the governor compared himself at a debate last month. Tebow has become renowned for his last-minute heroic comebacks.
Still, the Texas governor faces an uphill climb, and desperately needs to outperform in the South Carolina primary. Perry, who finished in last place in the New Hampshire primary, left the Granite State early to focus on South Carolina’s more conservative electorate.
According to an Insider Advantage poll released Thursday, Perry is currently in last place in South Carolina, at 5 percent.