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The Trail: 2012 Presidential News from the Field / CAMPAIGN 2012

Report: Perry Campaign Split on Anti-Gay Ad

December 8, 2011

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 Republican presidential candidate questioning why soldiers can serve openly in the military while children “can’t openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school.”

When the ad was in progress several weeks ago, Perry’s pollster, Tony Fabrizio, called it “nuts,” according to an e-mail sent from Fabrizio to the ad’s main creator, longtime GOP operative Nelson Warfield. In a separate e-mail to The Huffington Post, Warfield confirmed that the ad was made over Fabrizio's objections.

 

"Tony was against it from the get-go," Warfield wrote. "It was the source of some extended conversation in the campaign. To be very clear: That spot was mine from writing the poll question to test[ing] it to drafting the script to overseeing production."

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