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. scott

    I'm trying to count the number of people God told to run for President as a Republican? I wonder why he didn't tell any Democrats too?

    December 7, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  2. Paul

    How do you plan to end the "war on religion"... prosecute scientists?

    December 7, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  3. gary

    What a desperate ploy to lock up the racist, redneck, and stupid votes.

    December 7, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  4. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    Try this one on for size Rick. No one is at war with religion albeit we should be since it's the cause of most wars. Not to mention, our founding father, George Washington, along with every American President is a freemason. Freemasons serve a evil purpose, not a righteous one. Do your research before you open your trap moron.

    December 7, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  5. vatoloke

    This from a snake oil salesman and snake charmer? Pu-leeze!!!

    December 7, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  6. ray pratoff

    wolff, why do you inteveiw this backward person name rick perry? he's as smart as a trird grader. he make me ashamed to be a texan. he is a disgrace to texas. he will never be president. all that comes out of his mouth is senseless, thoughtless trash. the man do not know what he is talking about.

    December 7, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  7. sequoia

    JerseyBill whined: "Bravo. Obama and the ACLU must go."
    ________________

    President Obama will be around a lot longer than this dim-witted fanatic from Texas, bud. We aren't interested in your backwards oppressive theocratic Christian Taliban country. We will never let it happen.

    December 7, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  8. Mark

    Just watched the perry interveiw.Got so dizzy from all the spin that I almost got sick.Did he really answer any thing?Every question he was asked,he changed the subject.One other comment.I can't help but notice that when any of the GOP candidates talk about "religion",what they mean is Christianity.There are other religions in this country and they have as much right to their beliefs as the Christians.

    December 7, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  9. smith

    How do you plan to end the "war on religion", by prosecuting scientists? Je suss C hri st, Rick.

    December 7, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  10. Jimbo

    Evangelicals are the filth of this country, they have ruined the republican party, the fiscally conservative smart right can't get decent representation because of all the tard evangelicals....sorry that was an insult to all the tards out there, you aren't nearly as stupid as the evangelicals. It's not even funny how ingnorant and incredibly stupid the evangelicals are.

    December 7, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  11. Jimbo

    Evangelicals can burn in HELL.

    December 7, 2011 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  12. Liz the First

    How wrong can one person be? nothing Perry charges is true. giving people equal rights isn't anti-religion. being a bigot shouldn't be something even remotely considered Christian! Obama is defending the separation of church and state, one of the cornerstones of our democracy. Perry and his crowd are out to dismantle it and turn this country into a theocracy. no one defends the right to practice one's religion more staunchly than Liberals. what the rethugs can't stand is that we defend the right to practice ANY religion, not just Christianity. we just try to protect folks from having other people's religion shoved down our throats, and our children's throats when they're a captive audience at school.

    December 7, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  13. dean

    He's a lying Christian–now isn't that special?

    December 7, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  14. phoenix86

    Perry has a great point. Even more enlightening are the liberal's viceral reactions to an obvious fact. Nothing makes a liberal angrier than the truth.

    December 7, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  15. skyjmpr

    God spoke to Gov. Rick (or actually, his loon wife Anita) and said to run for President. But wait.. God also spoke to Michelle Bachmann... or was it Rick Santorum... or...

    Which just goes to confirm what a fraud it all is, or that God did speak to one of them, but the others are simply hearing delusional voices in their head. Either way, the sanctimony card is a play by the desparate and morally weak.

    December 7, 2011 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  16. Cedar Rapids

    "How shockingly ignorant of the history of this country. "in God We Trust" on our money sound familiar? "
    Added to currency in 1860s, just a little after the founding fathers there,

    December 7, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  17. chicago

    kids can pray in school...it's called private school, catholic school & home school. THIS JUST IN: Christianity is not the only religion in the US and not all Americans are religious. He's selling this Faith bit to get the coveted, huge christian population vote. He'd sell his soul to the devil if the devil had a voting pool. BTW, any politician, or American for that matter, should be THANKING everyone serving in the military. "something wrong with our country if gays can serve openly in our military." not cool.

    December 7, 2011 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  18. Mark

    If parents want to let their kids talk to imaginary freinds at home,that is fine,but they should not be doing it at school.

    December 7, 2011 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  19. Shane Botwin

    Hey Rick – If you cover your head with tin foil, Obama can't read your thoughts anymore, and you can talk to God and Jesus all you want.

    December 7, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  20. Cedar Rapids

    "Kirok
    @king, @aaron – the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Atheism is a religion (08/19/2005)."

    No it didnt, it ruled that when it comes to 1st amendment rights it should be treated as a religion and given the same rights, huge difference.

    December 7, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  21. Cedar Rapids

    "amp – Even though it has been proven that smoking is harmful to our health, we now allow our kids in school to smoke in designated areas even though in the 60's it was banned from school'

    oh where is smoking being allowed by kids in school? seriously.

    December 7, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    I just watch this clown on a interview with Wolf. He could not support his position with facts.

    December 7, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  23. Cedar Rapids

    "Sonnie2 – He along with his name is Musilum to the core. "

    Just so we get this straight, you are holding the name he was given when he was born as proof of him being a muslim?
    And by the way, christian values include not judging people and yet you refuse to accept Obama's word that hes a christian, preferring instead to claim hes a muslim.

    December 7, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  24. Cedar Rapids

    "Bci76102 – I grew up in a society where there was nothing wrong with my biology teacher having a Bible reading
    at the beginning of 1st period class. We grew up as well-adjusted individuals. I am thankful for my
    teacher's effort to develop a well-rounded student."

    Bible reading has no place in any class except religious studies, and certainly not in a biology class. And I hardly think that it was this reading that lead to you being a well-adjusted indiviual or well-rounded.

    December 7, 2011 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  25. Stiles

    Nothing tickles my funny bone like idiotic Christians pretend they are persecuted. If Obama really was waging a war on religion he would have my vote.

    December 7, 2011 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
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