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Spin Check:"Rick Perry Thinks You're a Sucker"
BY Omar Villafranca

What is Spin Check? As part of our coverage of Decision 2010 and the elections that affect Texas, we put political ads to the test.

Back to Basics, the Democratic-leaning political action committee, is back to hammering Gov. Rick Perry in a new ad called "Rick Perry Thinks You're a Sucker."

But is what the group saying true or false?

Here's the text of the ad:

Rick Perry thinks we're all a bunch of suckers.
(Rick Perry Video) "Send a message to Washington DC. Let them know what you think about the bailouts. All this stimulus."
Perry sent a message all right -- straight to Obama, asking for stimulus money.
Perry personally signed a letter asking the president for 12 billion. (cha-ching noise)
He used it to bailout his own deficit here in Texas.
But he doesn't tell you about that.
Rick Perry's not man enough to tell us the truth.
Maybe we should send him a message.

The part of the ad that says, "Perry sent a message all right -- straight to Obama, asking for stimulus money," is FALSE, but only on a technicality.

In the Feb. 18, 2009, letter cited by Back to Basics, Perry doesn't ask President Barack Obama for stimulus funds. Instead, he just accepts stimulus money on behalf of the state. White House officials talking on background said the letter Perry sent just officially made the state of Texas available to accept the stimulus funds.

But Perry isn't in the clear.

His anti-stimulus talk is odd considering he did ask for stimulus money later on in 2009. In other letters, Perry asks Secretary of Education Arne Duncan for stimulus funds for education. The White House source said education funds available through the stimulus did have to be requested by the governor.

And in August of 2010, Perry also requested stimulus funds for Medicaid from Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius.

The part of the ad that says, "Perry personally signed a letter asking the president for 12 billion. He used it to bailout his own deficit here in Texas. But he doesn't tell you about that," is TRUE.

When asked in an interview during the primary why he took stimulus money to balance the state budget, Perry said, "We took dollars that didn't have strings attached."

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