Thursday, December 08, 2011

Perry bets the house on social conservatives

Rick Perry's campaign has pivoted to make a play for Iowa's socially conservative voters in the closing weeks of the primary campaign.

Perry's campaign, in the midst of a $1 million ad buy in the Hawkeye State, has highlighted the Texas governor's evangelical Christian faith in its two most recent ads.

"[Y]ou 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," Perry said in his new ad, "Strong," released Wednesday. "As President, I'll end Obama's war on religion. And I'll fight against liberal attacks on our religious heritage."

In his previous ad, "Faith," he said: "Now some liberals say that faith is a sign of weakness. Well, they're wrong."

The spots appear to be part of an emergent strategy by Perry's campaign to focus on bread-and-butter social conservatism in a last-ditch effort to revive his campaign before Iowa's Jan. 3 caucuses, where social issues loom large.
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Jason said...

This type of garbage does so much to promote atheism it's disgusting.

LV said...

Even as a socially conservative Southern Republican, that first ad definitely hit me the wrong way.

Matthew M said...

I'm voting "BACHMAN" , she's much better looking than he is - or any of them.

Terry (John) said...

Perry is despicable. Several years ago he made a campaign swing through our city on a Sunday morning. He stopped by the main Methodist church and briefly addressed the congregants from the pulpit. He then drove over to the largest Baptist church in town and sought to do the same thing. He was told that they were delighted to have him join them for worship and looked forward to visiting with him afterwards, but that they were not going to turn over the podium to him. Perry drove on. This "spiritual side" of Perry is news to us in Texas. Of all the things I have against George W. Bush, perhaps none is more grating that the fact that he bequeathed this man on our state, now 11 years and counting.