Presidential candidate Texas Gov. Rick Perry recently released a 30-second advertisement in Iowa on faith.
Iowa is significant, according to the Boston Herald, because voters have struggled with the fact that he is a Mormon. The advertisement attacking Mitt Romney’s Mormonism is a way for Gov. Perry’s campaign to gain favor in the state for the 2012 primaries.
In the advertisement, Gov. Perry does not mention Romney by name, but a press release issued said the advertisement focuses on the governor's Christianity.
“When you run for president, you get a bunch of questions about your faith. People want to know what drives you--how you make decisions,” narrated Gov. Perry in the video. “Now some liberals say that faith is a sign of weakness. Well, they're wrong.”
“I think we all need God's help. America's greatest leaders have been people of strong faith, of strong values. That makes for a strong America,” Gov. Perry added.
“I'm Rick Perry. I'm not ashamed to talk about my faith. And I approve of this message,” Gov. Perry continued.
Gov. Perry is running on a similar premise as Mike Huckabee in the 2008 primaries against Mitt Romney. Romney does not make religion a focus of his campaign and, according to the Boston Herald; he made a speech telling voters to look beyond it.
During a televised December 2007 speech, Romney said: “When I place my hand on the Bible and take the oath of office, that oath becomes my highest promise to God. If I am fortunate to become your president, I will serve no one religion, no one group, no one cause, and no one interest. A president must serve only the common cause of the people of the United States.”
Romney lost against Mike Huckabee in 2008.