Romney courts Catholic, religious right voters in new ad campaign about religious freedom
On August 9, 2012 At 5:20 pm
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In the latest ad from the Romney presidential campaign titled "Be not afraid" (embedded below), the Republican candidate uses the "religious liberty" card, proclaiming that President Obama has declared a war on religion.
"Who shares your values?," the ad begins as it moves into black and white imagery with a couple piano notes plinking in the background. "President Obama used his healthcare plan to declare war on religion, forcing religious institutions to go against their faith."
With a crashing intro to sunshiny music and colored imagery, the ad continues. "Mitt Romney believes that's wrong," and then flashes to Romney speaking in Warsaw, Poland on July 31. "In 1979, a son of Poland, Pope John Paul II, spoke words that would bring down an empire — Be not afraid." An image of Lech Walesa with the Pope is shown during this segment.
The ad then shows Romney being endorsed by Lech Walesa, a devout Catholic, trade-union organizer, and human-rights activist who co-founded Solidarity, the Soviet bloc's first independent trade union. Walesa won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1983, and served as President of Poland between 1990 and 1995. Walesa is said to have opined that he would rather have resigned the presidency twenty times than sign into law a bill permitting abortion in Poland, and that as a Catholic, he opposes in vitro fertilization and homosexual marriage, adding that if his son were a homosexual he would pray for him to stop going down the wrong road."
Romney's ad concludes, "When religious freedom is threatened, who do you want to stand with?"
As of this writing, YouTube voters are not impressed: