Perry trails in presidential race

POSTED: Sunday, October 16, 2011 - 11:30am

UPDATED: Sunday, October 16, 2011 - 11:34am

Rick Perry hopes today starts a comeback.

He refocused on jobs during a visit to U.S. Steel near Pittsburgh.

"We must get America working again, and a big part of solution is right under our feet and right off our coasts," he told the crowd.

The Texas governor wants more drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, Alaska and the Rockies and wants less regulation of his home state oil industry.

Perry promised he'd make the changes by executive order.

Winning the nomination once looked simple, but now Perry's polling third or fourth.

"I don't worry too much about polls. I know a lot of people obsess with them and watch them and talk about them," he said.

The latest Republican front runner in the NBC poll, Herman Cain, was in Tennessee Friday.

Cain fired up a big Tea Party rally with promises of throwing out the current tax code in favor of his 9-9-9 plan.

Still, some Democrats figure Rick Perry's not done.

"Once he gets away from from what are pretty minor issues and begins talking about the issue that's on everyone's mind, jobs and the economy, I think he still has a shot," says Democratic strategist Alicia Menendez.

Money's not a problem, yet. Perry raised $17 million last quarter, $3 million more than Mitt Romney.

President Obama, meanwhile, raised $43 million.

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