Published: Oct 31, 2011 3:09 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Trailing in a new Iowa poll, Republican Rick Perry says in a new ad running in the state that his jobs record is more important than on-camera polish.
    
The Texas governor is trying to convert criticism of his performances during recent debates into an asset by arguing that President Barack Obama - and implicitly his chief GOP rival Mitt Romney - are better speakers than leaders.
    
Perry says: "If you're looking for a slick politician, or a guy with great teleprompter skills, we already have that, and he's destroying our economy. I'm a doer not a talker."
    
Perry had support from 7 percent of likely Iowa GOP caucus-goers in a poll published Sunday by The Des Moines Register.
    
Perry, with an aggressive Iowa strategy, is expected back twice this week.

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