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US presidential hopeful Perry's latest ad causes split in his own campaign

In the campaign spot, Perry attacks Barack Obama’s repealing of a law outlawing open homosexuality in the military but it hasn’t gone down well even in his own campaign.

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POLITICAL ADS DISSING your opponent are ten a penny in the United States but Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry’s latest effort is not going down well in some quarters and we’re not even talking about the Democrats.

Texan governor Perry’s own campaign team is divided over his latest TV spot where he criticises the Obama administration’s repealing of the controversial ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ law in the US, according to the Huffington Post.

The spot is currently airing in the crucial caucus state of Iowa where Perry is hoping to improve his position in the polls. According to HuffPo one pollster in the Perry camp has called it “nuts”.

In the ad the governor questions why “gays can serve openly in the military” while children “can’t openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school.”

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The ad was criticised in a New York Times editorial, perhaps not surprising given the paper’s liberal leanings.

But Yahoo reports that Change.org is petitioning for the video to get one million ‘dislikes’ by tonight. It’s currently at around 460,000 ‘dislikes’, far outweighing the amount of ‘likes’.

Buzzfeed has already come up with a remake of the commercial putting a completely different spin on it while The Atlantic has detailed some of the many parodies of the ad already doing the rounds:

Meanwhile, it has been pointed out by Mail Online that in an ironic twist in the ad Perry is wearing a jacket similar to that Heath Ledger wore in Brokeback Mountain, a film about a romance between two gay cowboys.

While over at DallasVoice.com it’s already reported that there’s a growing number of ‘Brokeback Perry’ memes doing the rounds.

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