A new national poll from CNN/ORC International shows Rick Perry with a 13-point lead over Mitt Romney in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Twenty-seven percent of the Republicans and independents polled chose Perry as the candidate they would most likely support. Romney received 14 percent from those polled, while former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, who is not currently in the race, came in third at 10 percent.
The Florida Republican, now leading primary challenger and current governor Charlie Crist by 32 in one poll, released his first TV ad today. He sounded a common theme, saying "Washington is broken." Unlike Obama, he believes it's broken because it can't stop spending money, not because it can't "come together" to spend even greater gobs of it.