Texas Gov. Rick Perry is reportedly making a "last-ditch effort" to salvage his floundering presidential campaign with ads aimed at social conservative voters in Iowa. Perry has spent a million dollars on TV ads in Iowa, which holds its first-in-the-nation precinct caucuses on Jan. 3, and the two most recent ads have highlighted the Texan's religious faith and social issues.
Wednesday, Perry began airing an Iowa ad in which he promises to "end Obama's war on religion" and "fight against liberal attacks on our religious heritage." That ad sparked controversy because Perry mentions the recent repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, saying: "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." Yet Perry's spokesman blunted the potential impact of that ad by disclaiming any intention by the candidate to reinstate the policy prohibiting open homosexuality in the armed services.