Perry wants to end "Obama's war on religion"

Rick Perry returned to social issues in his latest campaign ad. / Source: Still frame picture from Rick Perry campaign ad

In a new campaign advertisement, Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry promises to end what he calls Pres. Barack Obama's "war on religion," specifically bringing up the repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

"I'm not ashamed to admit I'm a Christian," Perry says in the advertisement. "But you don't need to be in the pews every Sunday to know that 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.

"As president, I'll end Obama's war on religion and I'll fight against liberal attacks on our religious heritage. Faith made America strong. It can make her strong again."

WATCH: Rick Perry's latest ad on the president's so-called "war on religion"

The ramping up of rhetoric on social issues comes as the Texas governor polled at 6 percent among likely Iowa caucus-goers in a recent poll released by the Des Moines Register. The majority of the campaign so far has focused on creating jobs and the state of the economy.

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