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. jimmyjojo

    Jon Stewart and The Daily Show team perfectly skewered the whole manufactured "War on Christmas (Christians)" lie promulgated by the likes of Fox 'News' and others. Watch the clip and get schooled http://tinyurl.com/d54ksrf

    December 7, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  2. MJ

    Allowing gays in the military and not allowing children to pray in school fall under the same argument, which is, SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE. The whole gays cant do this cant do that craps main backing argument is always religion. "It says it's wrong in the bible" Since when has it been ok to form LAWS in this country based on what the bible says? Isn't that what our forefathers were trying not to do when they made this country? (regardless if they themselves were Christian or not they came here to form a new country that wasn't led by the pope or the bible) And as for children praying in school, if my child was forced to pray or to sit and listen to people praying I would be highly upset because my child would be very confused. I'm not christian and my children arnt raised christian. My children are raised to believe that there is something after death and a higher power but what that is NO ONE knows and instead of using a book to scare them into conforming or going to "hell" I just teach my children to be morally good people and to treat others as they would like to be treated! Seriously doesn't your precious book say something along the lines of only GOD is allowed to JUDGE others, yet most Christians I have met are the most hateful, judgmental, intolerant people I have ever met.

    December 7, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  3. MaxNatoma

    Gays in the military has nothing to do with religion. Rick is simply trying to gain support among the TPers, rile them up and get their votes. He does understand that your argument doesn't have to be logical or fact-based to win these folks over.

    December 7, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  4. John

    Since when does allowing gay and lesbian people to serve their country as themselves violate separation of church and state. Perry is yesterday's news and needs to drop out before he wastes any more of his oil company kick-back money.

    December 7, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  5. aaron, i can't stand boehner

    Kirok, Atheism is not a religion. It doesn't believe in a God. And it's impossible to prove a negative. Looks like we have another uneducated vote for Perry.

    December 7, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  6. Former Republican, but never again!

    It's candidates like this that made me a former Republican.

    December 7, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  7. Kevin O.

    I don't want a PRIEST, I want a PRESIDENT!!!

    December 7, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  8. Joe

    You lins are so ignorant. How can someone who served our country as an air force pilot be an idiot. You think that they take some smuck off the street and teach them how to fly? You have to have great intelligence for that damit. Being the president of the Harvard Law Review just means he had friends who voted for him. Which is harder: the Bar exam, Community Organizing, or flying a multimillion dollar piece of equipment? Have Obama release all of his transcipts just like Perry has done and then we'll see who's "The Most Intellligent Person to Hold the Office!" Until then, Put up or Shut up time is here liberals, SO BRING IT!

    December 7, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  9. guest

    How is it we think muslim extremeists are any diffrent from christian ones anyway? we demonize one (muslims) and praise the other (christians) can anyone say 'Double Standard'?

    December 7, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  10. Jack

    As a conservative and Christian, I can see no evidence of this outlandish claim.

    If this is how we develop leader, then the Republicans missed the boat when they tied their star to the likes of Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and the rest of their cronies.

    What poor judgement this group conservative have, if can call them conservative?

    To me, they are nothing but lemmings, just repeating we they are told.

    December 7, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  11. amp

    Rick Perry is right. Our country has changed so much from the 1960's. Obama is the latest. Morals are courupt and wriong in now right. We have in our leadership people who do not know the difference between right and wrong. Our society has changed now that we have made laws to remove responsibility from ourselfs and demand that we can do anything we want. 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. No one wants to stand up for moral standards but want to be accepted by all and allow all to do as they please. This freedom to each be his own god is only leading to anarchy where there no law. We need to be responsible to some standard other than no standard.

    December 7, 2011 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  12. V in Chicago

    Delusional and desperate. That pretty much sums up Perry at this point.

    December 7, 2011 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  13. Marti58

    I'll pray to God today to give my beloved president a second term. Sanity must prevail!! Thank you

    December 7, 2011 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  14. carly

    time for Perry to drop out as a candidate. He will never get the nomination and every time he opens his mouth his numbers sink.

    December 7, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  15. bob in the basement

    he thinks religion matters in a bad economy? sense when have fairy tales ever produced jobs? all the more reason to send this guy back to crazy-town

    December 7, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  16. ????

    Come on Perry, you are really reaching to try and make religion the criteria for electing a President. Typical religious zealot though, if you don't believe as I do you are wrong. There is a lot you can take Obama to task on, religion is not one of the things though. I am a Deist. What think you of that?

    December 7, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  17. mike a.

    I wish mr Obama would gage a war on the religious nuts of this country we really need it but i know he wont so perry is just talking his dumbness out to the dumb . typical republitard...

    December 7, 2011 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  18. AceRyder

    Doesn't he realize that the people who care about religion will basically automatically vote Republican, no matter what, and that those who don't care about religion but like other Republican positions are turned off by this nonsense?

    December 7, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  19. TIGER2

    Slick Rick give it up. Just because you hypocritically wear your religion on your sleeve, doesn't mean the rest of us Christians should. If you live like a Christian, you wouldn't have to say a word about your religion. Remember, that practice what you preach thing?

    December 7, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  20. DMS

    Dear Rick: Ever hear about the Separation of Church and State? Probably not, that's because you're a dumb conservative cowboy. Get the cattle dirt out from between your ears and wake up. BTW, why don't you tell us about how your ran up a $6 plus Billion dollar deficit as Governor of Texas for the last decade?

    December 7, 2011 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  21. Ken in MD

    So saying it's ok for a community to ban the building of a mosque isn't a war on religion? Oh, I see, it's not the religion he likes, so it's ok. Hypocryte.

    Gays serving in the military and prayer in public schools are totally unrelated issues. Once is about taxpayer-funded discrimination against a group of people for a reason beyond their control, the other is about taxpayer funding of a person expressing one's religious choice. They have nothing to do with each other.

    December 7, 2011 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  22. jim

    @ wadde ... actually, obama didn't cancel any "national day of prayer", NOR did he pray in a mosque as you suggest. every fact checking organization that looked into this story (snopes, factcheck, politifact just for starters) found it to be BLATANTLY FALSE. it's time conservatives accept facts.

    December 7, 2011 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  23. Mark

    It's the last act of a desperate man. Hey Rick. It's the economy stupid!

    December 7, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  24. DMS

    Dear Joe: You're right, a jet fighter pilot is certainly far more intelligent than the President of the Harvard Law Review. LOL

    Do you remember when they taught a chimp how to fly in space?

    Perhaps you should try opening a school book or two.

    December 7, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  25. itsonlyfair

    The conservative Christian obsession with prayer in schools has nothing to do with prayer, and everything to do with worrying that Christianity is losing it's growth curve and influence over the culture.

    December 7, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
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