Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is out with a new Web video tying Texas Gov. Rick Perry to California Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown.
The 30-second spot, which features pictures of Perry and Brown, suggests Perry's policies on illegal immigration served as "An Inspiration To Liberal California."
"Where did liberals in California get all their bad ideas?" the ad's text asks, before slamming Perry for being "the first to give in-state tuition to illegal immigrants."
California and Texas both adopted laws approving in-state tuition rates for some undocumented immigrant students in 2001. The California measure, Assembly Bill 540, was signed into law by then-Democratic Gov. Gray Davis. Brown signed into law this year legislation allowing the undocumented immigrant students who qualify for in-state tuition to receive private and state-funded financial aid, including CalGrants.
While Perry's campaign would likely contest comparisons to California's top Democrat, they are stressing one California connection today: cash. His campaign, which has reported raising at least $1.2 million from Golden State donors since he entered the race, announced the members of his California finance leadership team today, including San Diego Chargers President and Chairman Dean Spanos as one of five statewide finance chairs.
Perry, meanwhile, is hitting the Silicon Valley cash machine, and the San Francisco Chronicle's Carla Marinucci reports today that he called his loopy New Hampshire address last week "a pretty typical speech for me."
Watch the full video, which is posted on a website paid for by Romney's campaign.