Mitt Romney pokes fun at Rick Perry’s speaking ability in new video…UPDATE: Video no longer available

Chris Moody

Mitt Romney's presidential campaign released a web video Wednesday that hits Rick Perry for his elocution over the course of the campaign.

The video highlights Perry's flubbed attempt to deliver a scripted attack on Romney at an early debate, when Perry stumbled over his words, and his tendency to pause in the middle of his sentences.

The theme of the video and the title, "Ready to Lead?," is meant to strongly suggest that Perry's verbal difficulties would harm him in a general-election campaign against President Barack Obama.

Update: The video is no longer available on Romney's YouTube channel.

Update II: Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul tells The Ticket that CNN requested that the campaign remove the ad because it included the network's content, but that it was "was fully within our rights under the law" to use the content.

"While the use of the CNN clips was fully within our rights under the law, we respect and appreciate the role CNN has played as host in debates over the last several months. For this reason, we are honoring their request to remove the video," Saul said.

Update III: A CNN spokesman confirms that the network asked Romney's campaign to nix the ad:

"CNN did not consent to the use of its copyrighted material for this ad, and CNN objects to the use of its talent in any campaign ad," CNN spokesman Edie Emery told The Ticket. "We respectfully requested that the Romney campaign not use CNN material in their campaign ads and they complied."

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