Texas Gov. Rick Perry's (R) campaign went on the offensive Thursday, pushing back against a negative ad by a PAC supporting Rep. Michele Bachmann's (R-Minn.) presidential campaign. 

Perry's top spokesman pushed back forcefully against an ad running in South Carolina accusing the Texas governor of being a big spender.

"There is an honest conservative, and she's not Rick Perry," the ad, produced by Keep Conservatives United, says in reference to Bachmann.

"Gov. Perry is a proven fiscal conservative, having cut taxes, signed six balanced budgets, and led Texas to become America’s top job-creating state,” said Ray Sullivan, Perry's communications director. “Congresswoman Bachmann’s front-group ad is patently and provably false. Unlike Washington, the Texas budget is balanced, does not run deficits and limits spending, even as Texas added jobs and population in big numbers.”