WASHINGTON — Texas Gov. Rick Perry‘s newest television ad criticizing the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was created over the objections of at least one top staff member, sources in the Perry campaign tell The Huffington Post.
The spot, which began airing in Iowa on Wednesday, features the governor questioning why soldiers can serve openly in the military while children “can’t openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school.” Coming a day after Perry criticized the Obama administration for using foreign aid to defend gay rights abroad, the ad was one more note in a fairly overt dog whistle aimed at the Hawkeye State’s influential evangelical voting block. [Quote & More: Sam Stein, HuffingtonPost]
President Obama laid out an approach to rebuilding the economy that will inform every discussion we have with undecided voters over the next year. So we put together a highlight reel you can share with anyone you think needs to hear this message.
This is a make-or-break moment for the middle class.
Our country is still recovering from the greatest economic and financial crisis since the Great Depression. And the President believes that Americans should be able to earn enough to raise a family, send their kids to school, own a home, and secure their retirement.
Here’s how he put it: “This country succeeds when everyone gets a fair shot, when everyone does their fair share, and when everyone plays by the same rules. These aren’t Democratic values or Republican values. These aren’t 1 percent values or 99 percent values. They’re American values. And we have to reclaim them.”
Those are the values we’re fighting for in this election. And no matter who our opponent is, he or she won’t share them — the other side’s candidates all want to let Wall Street write its own rules and give more tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires.
We’ve seen how that kind of economic plan plays out. As President Obama said yesterday: “It doesn’t work. It has never worked. It didn’t work when it was tried in the decade before the Great Depression … And it didn’t work when we tried it during the last decade.”
That’s the message we’ll need to drive home in our communities over the next several months. Watch the video we put together — and pass it along:
REPUBLICANS HAVE ABANDONED AMERICAN POLITICAL DECENCY. THEIR NEW(?) MOTTO IS: THE END JUSTIFIES THE MEANS! THEY WOULD IGNORE ALL THE SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS TO ACHIEVE A REPUBLICAN PARTY VICTORY. THEY MUST BE SAYING, “TO HELL WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THEIR MIDDLE-CLASS ISSUES AND VALUES!”