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Rick Perry Defends Ad Attacking Obama For 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repeal

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Rick Perry defended his latest campaign ad -- which criticizes Obama for repealing the U.S. military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy -- in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer.

"I'm very comfortable with that ad," Perry said. "My faith is part of me. The values that I learned in my Christian upbringing will affect my governing."

In the ad, called "Strong," Perry says "you don't need to be in the pew 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." Perry reiterated those sentiments Wednesday night, saying American values are being "trampled on" by the Obama administration.

Perry's criticism of Obama over gay rights hasn't been limited to the ad. The Republican presidential hopeful had harsh words for both Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday after both made impassioned speeches urging gay rights abroad.

"President Obama has again mistaken America's tolerance for different lifestyles with an endorsement of those lifestyles," Perry said in a statement. "This administration's war on traditional American values must stop."

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