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. curt

    Both Rick Perry and Michelle Bauchman should shut their cake holes and return to their real jobs, neither of them have the intellect or experiance to be effective in the job they are seeking.

    December 7, 2011 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    Theocracy or bust!

    December 7, 2011 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  3. DeepInTheHeart

    Obviously this is the act of a desperate man, using fear as a motivator to vote for him. My problem with this ad is that this is a fellow Christian attacking another Christian's faith solely for the purpose of political gain. Perry mentioned that he had conversations with God on whether or not he should run, pretty sure those conversations never gave him the OK to be a hypocrite and a liar.

    December 7, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  4. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    Ayatollah Perry wants to be the Surpreme Leader. This isn't Iran Ricky and my mom is not going to wear a burka!

    December 7, 2011 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    Cowboy Fonzie Translation: "Point me towards the shark tanks."

    December 7, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  6. Independent Voters

    Perry that why you losen just like Bachman dont nobody care what the republican got to say about Obama.
    Perry tell me what you going to do create jobs in america.

    Perry keep religious out of the race.

    December 7, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  7. sonny chapman

    Hey Rick, you call yourself a follower of the teachings of Jesus Christ; what did Jesus say about those who say their prayers in the public square ? Matthew 6,5. Try emulating the founder of Christianity a little more; and don't be so happy about executing folks.

    December 7, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  8. WhereIsPalin

    Perry is a little out of touch. He's essentually saying that he's a better Christian than Obama. And people of other religions probably aren't ashamed to admit that they have faith in their beliefs.

    "Faith made America strong. It can make her strong again."
    Nobody is banning faith, Perry. You don't have to "advertise" your Christianity to be Christian.

    December 7, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    has Mr Perry ever read the Constitution? He may wish to before proceeding any further into this race for POTUS. Church and state are seperate.

    December 7, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  10. Pam from Iowa

    Hey Ricky boy! Will God strike me down if I don't vote Republican???
    Reminds me of 2003 and hearing Cheney threaten the American public with arranging for another terrorist attack on US soil if they all did not vote for Bush!!!

    December 7, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    Have any of these candidate spoken to any issues at all. War? Unemployment? Homelessness? Poor Education? Why Congrees is discussing Tomatoe Paste has a food instead of balancing the budget or getting back the billions of dollars we loaned international banks in 2008 during the bank crisis still out there..... No they are not.... One is doing a reality show and the other is talking nonsense about religious issue that clearly violate the Constituition> WOW just WOW!!!!!

    December 7, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  12. jim

    " [Obama's] exclusion of the word "God" from his Thanksgiving speech."

    Yup. Everyone has the freedom of speech and religion. Except the President. He is required to spout pro-Christian statement at ever opportunity possible.

    Rick Perry = FAIL

    December 7, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    When Obama gets re-elected, I wonder if Perry is going to follow through on that Texas secession threat of his.

    December 7, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  14. GOP TeaParty Clown Car Myth the Flip Flopper vs. Newt the "Family Values" serial Adulterer

    President Obama's campaign team doesn't need to respond to Perry's ad to give him any credibility whatsover!

    Rick Perry can spend his millions and hide behind attack ads, but Americans already made up their mind that Perry can't put together a coherent sentence in real life and he's NOT competent to be president of USA!!!!

    December 7, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  15. Sam J

    The religion game is over for you Rick. Focus on intelligence instead. Not intelligent as in "intelligent design", but rather on general (and perceived) intelligence! The first step is to accept that your two minutes of fame in the national stage is over.

    December 7, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  16. Mikey

    @Fair is Fair – "To be fair, there are many people of faith who give money to their house of worship and don't claim it as an itemized deduction – for the simple reason they DO put their money where their mouth is."
    **************************************************
    That is one of the silliest arguments I have ever heard. If I am going to give $100 to my church and I am in a 33% marginal tax bracket, I can give $150, take the $50 deduction and have Uncle Sam effectively give the last $50. Who wouldn't do that for their church? Or are you saying the secessionist Rick Perry voluntarily gave money to the IRS by not taking deductions? And why would he deduct $90, but not his other donations? For the most part, the only people who give and don't receive a tax deduction are those too poor to pay taxes.

    December 7, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  17. ThinkAgain

    There you have it: The theocratic nominee. Parry lacks a fundamental understanding of our Constitution and the First Amendment, which says, "government shall establish no religion."

    He belongs no where near the White House.

    December 7, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  18. jim

    "Faith made America strong."

    Funny, I thought a free market and technological advancement made our country strong. Faith doesn't have anything to do with those things.

    December 7, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  19. GROVER NORQUIST IS A HERO TO ALL TAXPAYERS WHO ARE SICK OF PAYING MORE THAN THEIR SHARE TO FUND A CORRUPT SOCIALIST AGENDA

    Go get 'em Rick! Git that muuusssliiimmm!!

    December 7, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  20. Joi Gibson

    Seriously? It is because of THIS president that kids can't pray in school – really. And this man wants to be president. He should have some semblance of reality. This may work with the Republican far-right base, but when it comes to the big leagues, this foolishness ain't going to fly. Gays in the military – it's called equality, but that is a concept Mr. Perry apparently does not understand. White noise – that's all I hear when they start bashing the president-blah, blah, blah. The only way Mr. Perry will see the inside of the White House is if, heaven help us all, one of the nut-job Republican candidates wins the election. What happened to keeping government out of our lives. Oh yeah, unless it is a Republican telling the rest of us we will be religious, and a woman has no say over her body, by gosh even if they have to pass a law. HYPOCRITES!!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!!!

    December 7, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  21. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    "...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..."

    What an unbelievably bigoted statement! And by that one statement, Perry has declared his utter unfitness to be the Commander-in-Chief of the US military.

    "...but our kids can't openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school."

    Religion isn't something that schools should be wasting everyone's time on. If kids want to pray in school, no one's going to stop them–as long as they don't disrupt the class doing so. And, I wonder, is Perry just as concerned with kids "celebrating"–whatever that means in a religious context–Ramadan or Hanukkah? Or is he the usual intolerant neo-con?

    December 7, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  22. Jake

    so Perry is named President, will he instate a national religion? we will all be required by law to speak English and worship his God!?!?

    December 7, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  23. ThinkAgain

    Fox accused Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee (I) of also waging a war on Christmas, because he called it a "holiday tree lightening" instead of a "Christmas tree lighting."

    What Fox didn't report is that the governor prior to Chafee, Republican Donald Carcieri, ALSO CALLED THIS ANNUAL EVENT A "HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING."

    Parry, Fox and all you other so-called Christians need to stop lying to promote your religion. If you want to live in a theocracy, move to Iran!

    December 7, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  24. ThinkAgain

    Our taxpayer dollars pay for all the Christmas trees and decorations currently on display in the White House, as well as all across public squares in this country.

    I don't see a "war on Christmas;" if anything, there's a problem with not following the Constitutional separation of Church and State.

    December 7, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  25. Rudy NYC

    Seems to that the most divisive politicians on the national stage are Republicans. I mean, here's Gov. Perry misinforming the public by accusing the President of religous warfare. To pass off opinions as unsubstantiated facts is dishonest. Perry makes a number of allegations, but presents no facts nor evidence of his accusations. That's just plain dishonest, not worthy of an official response.

    December 7, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
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