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. DaveinSC

    Maybe he'll mandate a Christmas Tree in every Jewish persons house.

    December 7, 2011 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  2. Larry

    Now there is a rumor, of course brought on by Fox news, that Obama put a stop to families bringing in bibles to wounded Vets in hospitals, I have not heard this reported by anyone else. People that listen to these rag wing rags will believe anything they are told. Wake up people!

    December 7, 2011 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  3. David from Nor Cal

    Ah yes, the latest Rick Perry DEEEEEEEERP

    Kids can pray in school you freaking moron, to themselves, by themselves, or in groups they (the students) organize that do not disrupt the schools or other students who elect not to participate. Ever heard of the national day of prayer? Where do a lot of people pray that day? In groups in schools, self organized apart from the school leadership.

    Same goes with Christmas celebration. Same goes with other religions. As long as the activity is (1) not endorsed or mandated by the school or any authority figure at the school, and (2) the bussiness of education and the lives/schedules of other students who choose not to participate are not inhibited, it is allowed.

    And all that was in place well before Obama.

    Can the GOP seriously not find anyone better than this group of nit wits?

    December 7, 2011 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    Fortunately, Perry will need a miracle to even attract even Texas voters in taking him seriously. As since Perry is actually a follower of Satan, that is not likely to occur.

    December 7, 2011 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  5. CCMars

    This election season gets more and more embarrassing.

    December 7, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  6. Rich

    Come out Rick we don't care if you are gay....God said it was all right...

    December 7, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  7. David

    How pathetic Perry is. Texans should be embarrassed for electing such an ignorant and lying Governor. They should boot him out of office.

    December 7, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  8. FactCheck

    if separation of state and church is working so well, why in hell is this country in such dire straights?

    Well said. We should look at the shining examples of countries in which state and church are not separated, like Iran, Yemen, Libya, Serbia, etc.

    December 7, 2011 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  9. CEL1

    Maybe Rick will end separation of church and state and we can begin taxing churches !!!!! Think of that, enough additional tax revenue to pay off the national debt and we can control where and how the money is spent.
    Come on Rick, foreign missions is just another way to send foreign aid to foreign governments. That's why the government leaves churches alone. It's always about the money.

    December 7, 2011 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  10. Jeff--Tacoma WA

    This isn't about Obama at all, this ad is aimed at Romney! "I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm a Christian" translation: I'm not one of those Mormon Cult guys.

    December 7, 2011 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  11. encore

    This dude is the antchrist, he is one of the demons that god is warning us about. He speak against everything that god speak about and it scary and dangerous when u have ppl following this nut. He could be another Jim Jones he look like him

    December 7, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |

    Rick Perry = Total embarrassment.

    December 7, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  13. ProperVillain

    Perry is a total idiot....

    December 7, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  14. Ron in Asheville, NC

    Obama's war on religion? Wow! I missed that particular war, Rick. Obama is clearly a devoted churchgoer, is clearly bringing up his children as such as well, and does so publicly, clearly as a public example through action. BTW, Obama's–and, Rick, your–predecessor set the opposite example by very obviously attending church very seldom and only when it was politically expedient for him to do so. Rick, what are you talking about?

    December 7, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  15. Publius Novus

    What about Rick Perry's war on I.Q.?

    December 7, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  16. TJeff1776

    BUT, according to Perry, God told him to run; BUT God overlooked telling the American people to vote for him. Thats quite a coincidence. At least I haven't been told so far. If I was, I'd hop to it. BUT I am more inclined to think that the misinterpretation is on Perry's part. Takes more than kissing the Bible publically to get the electorate on their knees. Displaying a small degree of intelligence might help.....not duhhhhhhh.

    December 7, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  17. Bill, NY

    This from a person whos supporters call Romney's faith a cult and a sect. People like Mr. Perry try to have it both ways. I bet Mr. Perry would be first in line to stop muslims, hindus or any religion strange or foreign to him from having the same rights he advocates for christians.

    December 7, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  18. Kirok

    @king – separation of church and state keeps the state out of religion; it does not keep religion out of the state. btw atheism is a religion too, so by your logic having the government get rid of God, Jesus, etc. it is promoting Atheism, which by your definition would also violate the "Separation of Church and State"

    December 7, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  19. SPLAT!~

    Reality Check, 1-2-3, Check, Check, 1-2-3, Check, Hello? Check, Hello?..............

    December 7, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  20. Robert M. Smith,MD

    When you've got nothing to offer, you have to resort to misinformation and it's effect on the weak minded individuals in this country that absolutely refuse to think or use their brain. You go, Perry.

    December 7, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  21. MICKYD

    Please vote for Perry!!!!!! THE SOONER YOU VOTE, THE SOONER TEXAS CAN GET RID OF THE JOKER! He claims to have helped Texas, but the fact is, we have the energy companies in this state! That is why Texas is doing better! Had nothing to do with Perry!

    December 7, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  22. lefty avenger

    Wacky Christian extremist nut job from Texas who is drunk half the time preaching morality. Yup, must be america!

    December 7, 2011 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  23. Robert M. Smith,MD

    Oh and Mr. Perry, don't forget to tell 'em you graduated high school. That ALWAYS works with that crowd.

    December 7, 2011 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  24. J

    Doesn't matter to me Mr. Perry, I'm still voting for Obama.

    December 7, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  25. SPLAT!~

    To whoever contributed to this clod-hopper ---SUCKERS!~

    December 7, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
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