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

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. Stacey

    Thank goodness this ignoramus will never get elected as POTUS!

    December 7, 2011 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  2. Partisian Ron

    I just watch this clown do a interview with Wolf. He could not support his position with facts. But that is the republican MO. Make facts up and the sheep will follow.

    December 7, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  3. Stiles

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

    December 7, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  4. Guitar

    This the guy who, him and his cronies, have stole millions from honest, moral christians and non alike! Hypocrite of the greatest degree!

    December 7, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  5. CLT

    Aren't you enviouse of us Texan's, and we don't have a term limit on our fine idiot governor. This ad is just unreal....

    December 7, 2011 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  6. Kim

    Has Rick Perry not been to a mall recently? No one is being quiet about celebrating Christmas. And at my school no one was going to stop you from praying if you wanted to. I'm Christian, I could've prayed in school whenever I wanted (and frequently did for tests that I didn't study for), we had Muslim students who were allowed to pray during the day if they wanted to, they gave them a room that was just sitting there unused for years that at least is now being put to use, and the Jewish kids were allowed to hand in homework late during their religious holidays. I'm not ashamed to be Christian either...until the crazies come out and make the normal ones look bad.

    December 7, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  7. Spencer

    Finally! I might have someone to vote for now

    December 7, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  8. Jeff in TX

    This Obama religion thing was done 4 years ago. (Btw, Christianity isn't the only religion. But I digress.) Obama will weather this with great ease. This just magnifies a) Perry's desperation, b) his tone deafness, c) his EARLY willingness to throw flames. It won't get any MORE graceful from this guy. Rank this one up there with "Ponzi scheme." Just an idiotic hyperbolic press-pandering, extremist-pandering and finally ineffective way of expressing himself.

    December 7, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  9. Expat American

    What do you get when you remove Perry’s random religious bumbling for the political discourse? What you get is a good ol’ redneck randomly bumbling about religion; trying desperately to cover up the fact that he is nothing more than a good ol’ redneck randomly bumbling about religion.
    Yehaaw, leather slappin’ two steppin’ cowboy! ….we already had one of those. Didn’t turn out so good.

    December 7, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  10. Lurker

    GOP candidate using religion as a campaign tool....nothing new. Sadly the religious sheep will follow, and Perry knows it. Most people never look at the facts when looking at the candidates, so whoever does their campaigning enough to win the fools who have a vote, there's your moron President. Sorry Perry, you need more than the religious card to win votes.

    December 7, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  11. Paul

    Perry has all the symptoms of early dementia ... confused, detached, forgetful and unable to relate to the new generation.
    Typical of older people or propel his age with early sign of dementia.
    He is no dumb, but he is becoming one, that's why he doesn't understand why he is doing so poorly, he used to be a good campaigner ... see is past successes, but the reality is that his brain ins medically getting dumber ... so he makes a lot of gaffes and at times he get caught confusing things about very simple concepts that he seemed to master just a few minutes earlier. This happens regularly but at random times so it's hard to see the pattern.
    If you stand back and look at it from a bit of distance , you can see where things are going.
    Sorry Mr. Perry ... get help, the WH is too far for you.
    Cain is likely in the same predicament .. though it not long matters by now

    December 7, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  12. The Mighty Favog

    Ricky boy, I can get yez elected, but it's gonna cost you! three chickens, a goat, and the whole country has to worship me, the Mighty Favog.

    December 7, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  13. Carol

    Although it looks like he is fighting with Obama, Rick Perry is doing this ad to actually make a distinction between himself and Romney. He wants them to focus on Romney being Mormon. This is really not about Pres Obama.. It's too early, as he has to get the Repub nomination first. This is about Romney and Perry's hopes to some of those supporters.

    December 7, 2011 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  14. randme

    The Father, the Son and.....and...and...Oh I can't remember the third one Oops. What a Bozo!!

    December 7, 2011 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  15. Fred

    And by "Kids can't pray in school" he really means "Kids should be required to pray to MY god in school." What a complete nut-job.

    Kids CAN pray in school. Teachers, however, cannot (and should not) choose a God and lead all kids in a prayer to that God.

    December 7, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  16. Irene

    New Rule: Bigots can't claim the religion card!

    December 7, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  17. Josh

    God bless Rick Perry, I pray he gets elected because this country is becoming hog crap. Grow some "manup"and do the right thing all of you.

    December 7, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  18. m

    This dog can't hunt!

    December 7, 2011 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  19. And the winner is ...

    Faith made America strong? Really? What twisted history book written by Ann Coulter are you reading Rick? Faith has torn America apart for more than three hundred years you moronic idiot.

    December 7, 2011 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  20. Kevin O.


    I had a memory just now as I was dozing off after a two hour workout. Isn't Perry the same guy who had the "Pray the Debt Away" gathering in Houston, TX during the earlier part of 2011?

    And he just equated the unfairness of children not being able to have Christmas yet gays serve in the military. Ok then how about this...all gays celebrate Christmas but do it secretly and let your kids perform military service openly ^^

    I personally don't think gays should pay taxes since they are not equally represented.

    December 7, 2011 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  21. PaulC

    When you have nothing to say talk about your religion. Unfortunately too many of our voters eat this talk up.
    Texas seems to sprout too many people with a 10 gallon hat and 1/2 pint brain.
    I vote that Texas secede.

    December 7, 2011 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  22. maine liberal

    The "good news" for modern man

    You can pray in school, on the bus, in the gym anywhere you please.
    Your school teacher nor any government official cannot prescibe who you pray to or when.

    You have hundreds of opportunity to pray from when you rise in the morning to when you go bed.
    Why than limit it to a moment in school.

    As Christ instructed us, prayer is private, is quiet and between you and God.

    December 7, 2011 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  23. Oh Come On

    You mean this guy is still running for POTUS? BAH HA HA HA HA HA

    December 7, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  24. carolyn

    This from man who call himself a christian and it doesn't bother him to execute an innocent person. What a hypocrit.

    December 7, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  25. Expat American

    Tell me....would you 'allow' a Muslim or Muslim-American doctor to save your mother's life? Simple question.

    December 7, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
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