New Perry ad derides Obama's 'war on religion'
December 7th, 2011
11:56 AM ET
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New Perry ad derides Obama's 'war on religion'

(CNN) - Rick Perry says that if he's elected president, he'll end what he calls President Barack Obama's "war on religion."

Perry makes the comments in a new TV commercial that's sure to create controversy.

"I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm a Christian, but you don't need to be in the pew every Sunday to know there's something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military but our kids can't openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school," says the Texas governor and Republican White House candidate. "As President, I'll end Obama's war on religion. And I'll fight against liberal attacks on our religious heritage. Faith made America strong. It can make her strong again."

The Perry campaign tells CNN the 30-second spot starts running in "heavy rotation" statewide in Iowa Wednesday. The state's Jan. 3 caucuses kick off the presidential primary and caucus calendar. The campaign says the ad will also run on cable television on the Fox News Channel.

The 30-second spot is slotted to run statewide starting Wednesday in Iowa. The state's Jan. 3 caucuses kick off the presidential primary and caucus calendar.

In an email release touting the new commercial, the Perry campaign lists headlines from mainstream, conservative, and religious reporting sites to illustrate what it calls the "Obama Administration's war on religion." Those examples include the president's move to stop defending the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act and his exclusion of the word "God" from his Thanksgiving speech.

In an interview Wednesday with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Perry said he stood by the ad.

"The administration is clearly sending messages to people of faith, and organizations of faith, that we're not going to support you with federal dollars," Perry said. "I'm very comfortable with that ad, for one thing. My faith is a part of me, and the values I learned in my Christian upbringing will affect my governing."

CNN has reached out to Obama's re-election team for reaction to the new Perry ad.

Perry is a Methodist and has not shied away from touting his faith during his presidential bid . In an earlier campaign commercial, Perry described himself as a "man of faith."

Social conservative voters are influential in race for the GOP presidential nomination, especially in Iowa and South Carolina, the first southern state to vote.

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soundoff (405 Responses)
  1. Gerry.

    Mr. Perry, why don't you just wise up and go back to Texas. Save those poor people of Texas the embaresment of your display of stupid. President Obama out classes you in EVERY facit of humanity. We the people of this United States elected him in 2008 and we will do it again in 2012. In the meantime you and your counter parts who are running around the country making speaches and attending all these Q and A meetings are at least contributing to the employment of SOME people... Thanks for that anyway.

    December 7, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  2. mike

    Rick Perry is a complete idiot..he has a bigger war on his own intelligence.did you har him on the Situation Room with wolf blitzer....OMG save us from this

    December 7, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  3. The Real Tom Paine

    And this helps the economy HOW?

    December 7, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    WOW, Rick Perry!! You got it!! Just what IT is you have no clue about either.

    December 7, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  5. sara

    I'm listening to this Idiot as Wolf is leaving him no room and the maggot is stll Feeding of the Hate. Keep talking republicans because Every time you open your mouths, the more WE SEE. Now it's "Obama's WAR on Religion"......"rammed through a bill that Gays and lesbians can serve in our Armed Forces"....Gays and Lesbians Were already some of our brave. So Rick is advocating to not make them equal. He has an intellectual Deficit.

    December 7, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  6. sequoia

    Would somebody please tell Rick Perry and his deranged followers that we're not interested in living in their twisted, oppressive, backwards theocratic state? Thanks!

    December 7, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  7. detada

    Perry, you are such a complete fool. Haven't you punished the people of the state of Texas enough?

    December 7, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  8. Mom in MA

    Boy oh boy can this guy and this party twist up stuff or what? NO one ever said kids can't pray in school, the school simply can't instruct them to do so. Kids can celebrate Christmas, some schools simply choose to not partake in the religious element of the holiday. Be as proud as you want to be Christian but don't try and force it on the rest of us... Get IT?? By the way Yule existed before Christmas did, it's a Pagan HOLIDAY that was 'borrowed' by the Christian Church to more easily and deceivingly convert the masses... nothing more. Cripes I wish Christians would actually learn about their own religion before making ignorant statements like this.

    December 7, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  9. Mike

    Prayer in school was banned by the Supreme Court in 1962. I don't think Obama had anything to do with it.

    December 7, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  10. DJCowboy

    So wait a second, he wants the Federal Government to give federal money to religions but yet cut back on federal spending? My mind just melted.

    December 7, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  11. Josef Bleaux

    What an utter moron.

    December 7, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  12. wonderabout

    If the comments here are any indication of his support – I'd say, save your money Rick cause you are barking up the wrong election tree! And please loose the Carhart jacket – you wouldn't make a pimple on a working class person's butt! Yes, that's crude but no less than some of the idiocy that comes from the Republican presidential candidates – well save Huntsman – I think the reason he is being ignored is he didn't sign the Norquist pledge – WHICH should be a reason for all intelligent people to take a closer look at him and support a viable candidate on the right – I'll prob vote for Obama again – but it would be nice to be able to sleep better knowing that if he did lose -it wouldn't be the end of the world like it was the last time the Supreme Court appointed the village idiot to the post!

    December 7, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  13. Darin

    I listened to his explanation for this ad on CNN. Like many things politicians spout, his explanation factually inaccurate, distorted and pure BS.

    December 7, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  14. Bijouandbucky

    OK, suppose we do not separate church and state. Suppose 50 years from now there are more Muslims (the fastest growing religion) than Christians. Do we start teaching the Koran in schools at that point? What about the Catholics? We change all currency to say "in Jesus and the blessed Virgin we trust"? Mixing church and state is a very slippery slope. Teach your children about religion at home and take them to Sunday school. Leave these issues out of public schools and government!

    December 7, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  15. Decima

    I guess he equates being a christian with being a raging bigot. That's a shame.

    December 7, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  16. Logic in LA

    OK- we all agree Rick Perry is an idiot. But what is up with Texans? The longest sitting governor in the state's history?
    they either do not listen to him or are as out of touch ( translates to as stupid) as him.
    In a state where football is more important than education, what can we expect?

    December 7, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  17. JerseyJoe

    I'm watching CNN's Wolfe Blitzer interview Rick Perry. Does anyone see the similarities between Rick Perry and George W. Bush besides both being governors of Texas? I'm sure most of you can but for those who see it and don't want to admit it because you voted for Bush or just can't see but Perry is just as moronic as Bush. This country can't with stand another idiot in the Whitehouse. Keep him in Texas where he belongs. Unfortuntely we didn't keep Bush there as well. This country and world would have been far better off with no Bush and another Bush type-Perry would truly destroy this country and wouldn't come back from the horror Bush pushed this country into!

    December 7, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  18. oregonian101

    Oh Brother Perry, your deceptively misleading statements may fool the foolish on the right, but, the smart right will see through your gun smoke. Also, all those jobs "you" created, well, take a look, most are minimum wage and based on natural resources that God put there. The creation of the jobs just happen to be while you're Governor. Credit God, not your own ego.

    December 7, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  19. Mephisto1

    I think we need to ship Rick Perry to Saudi Arabia so that he can get 500 lashes for blasphemy.

    December 7, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  20. ChicagoGuy

    two words : fascinating, speechless

    December 7, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  21. Jerry

    Most of the time I don't agree with presidential candidate Perry; but this time he hit the nail "squarely" on the head. The president's war is any religions other than Moslem.

    I know that the Nobamamites and even CNN and other pro NObama media will "crucify" Mr. Perry, but he's right on "target." "Adelante" Mr. Perry

    December 7, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  22. Canadian Jim

    Let's see –
    Ireland – Catholics vs. Protestants
    Egypt – Christians vs. Muslims
    Iraq – Sunni Muslims vs. Shiaa Muslims
    Kashmir – Muslims vs. Hindu
    United States – Christians vs. every other religion
    Why don't I see those secular humanist liberals in any of this fighting? The only wars on religion are the ones the religions fight between themselves. The rest of us could care less what you believe as long as you don't try to foist it on the rest of the world.

    December 7, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  23. Aeromechanic

    God I hope they run that ad. That will be the nail in his coffin and if other republicans don't speak out against it, it will be their demise too.

    What the hell is wrong with this guy? Equating gays serving without prejudice in the military with schools not endorsing a holiday celebrated by us Christians?

    December 7, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  24. John

    How do you plan to end the "war on religion"... prosecute scientists? Jes us Chr ist, Rick

    December 7, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  25. Knucklehead

    Next thing you know he's going to say Jesus is his favorite philosopher...

    Finally I won't have to fight my way through the National Guard to get to church...

    December 7, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
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