Mitt Romney talks about fidelity. Rick Perry about religion. Will these new TV ads resonate with social conservatives in Iowa?
Mitt Romney for President Campaign
Rick Perry’s latest ad - about Obama’s “war on religion” - is drawing notice for this line:
“…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.”
It’s Perry’s most pointed - and provocative - ad to date, though it’s not the first where he’s focused on religion. Other Perry ads have included the one when he accused President Obama of calling Americans “lazy,” and a recent one where he somewhat painfully tried to make fun of his “oops” moment (see “dead horse, beating”).
“I think people understand that I’m a man of steadiness and constancy.”
In the ad, Romney notes he’s been married to the same woman for 42 years (unlike, um, wait a minute, it’ll come to us…), belonged to the same church his whole life, and even worked at one company (Bain Capital) for 25 years.
Both Perry and Romney are clearly making a play for social conservatives - who tend to make up a significant portion of Iowa’s GOP caucus-goers (last cycle, you’ll remember, they gave former Arkansas Gov. and Baptist minister Mike Huckabee the win).