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FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2011 file photo, Republican Presidential candidate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks in Gray Court, S.C. They’ve rolled the dice. The top Republican presidential rivals are locked in a game of one-upmanship, each trying to outdo the other in offering the boldest economic plan for the party’s efforts to unseat President Barack Obama next November.

DES MOINES, Iowa — Trailing in a new Iowa poll, Republican Rick Perry says in a new ad running there that his jobs record is more important than the candidate's 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.