From an August 9th memo from Romney’s campaign to reporters:

Today, Romney for President and the Republican National Committee released a new coordinated television advertisement, “Be Not Afraid.” President Obama has declared war on religion by forcing religious institutions to go against their faith. Mitt Romney will stand up and protect religious freedom whenever it is threatened. [Via Mediaite.]

View the ad at the Romney site. You know the drill.

Politico’s “Romney’s new ad: Not just ‘Obama isn’t working’ anymore” notes:

The spot features footage of Romney’s speech last month in Warsaw, where he recalled that in 1979, “a son of Poland, Pope John Paul II, spoke words that would bring down an empire….Be not afraid.” The video describes Romney as “endorsed by Lech Walesa.” So we’re talking about a heavy appeal to Catholic voters here.

The content of the commercial is interesting for its own sake, but also because it makes this the third ad in a row that moves away from Romney’s rigidly narrow message on the economy. The campaign released an ad last week aimed at reaching Jewish voters and the past few days have been defined by a message on welfare reform.

Jobs and the economy are still the centerpiece of Romney’s message and always will be, but he’s changing things up a bit, at least in the ads he’s putting out. …

Which states do you expect that the campaign will run this ad, particularly since the ad targets Catholics?

  • StanChaz

    Romney’s new ad prominently pictures the last Catholic

    Pope, Pope John Paul II, and quotes the Pope as saying

    “Be not Afraid”.

    Perhaps you’re trying to rally the troops Mitt.

    (and garner some posthumous endorsements?)

    …..BUT you probably don’t realize that.

    the Pope was merely quoting Jesus Christ.

    Dear Mitt, it was ALSO Jesus Christ who said:

    “I tell you the truth,it is hard for a rich man

    to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you,

    it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle.

    than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God”.

    Hey Mitt, aren’t you kinda glad you’re NOT a Christian?

    Not even close.

  • Flop_Flipper

    The gloves are off. Don’t think Obamanation is going to care much for this.

    “This is a big moment for Catholic voters to step back from their party affiliation,” Baltimore archbishop William E. Lori tells me from the Knights of Columbus annual convention in Anaheim, Calif.

    For Catholic voters in November, Lori advises, “The question to ask is this: Are any of the candidates of either party, or independents, standing for something that is intrinsically evil, evil no matter what the circumstances? If that’s the case, a Catholic, regardless of his party affiliation, shouldn’t be voting for such a person.”

    I wonder who he is talking about?

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  • PainKillerJayne

    Brownwyn, I need to give you a shout out! A few posts back you posted a Mitt ad and said to follow the link……….I did and for a 20 dollar donation I gor a ” Mr President, I did build this.” tshirt.I can’t wait for it to get here!!!!!!!!! So Thank you Very MUCH!

  • DianaLC

    I am hoping that this ad is shown in my state, CO. Colorado has been a more right leaning state in many ways since as far back as I can remember. When I was a Dem, I was initially happy when it went true blue for the first time in my life. Now I am quite thrilled that we are back to being more divided in party affiliation.
    It’s the usual metropolitan Dem centers and the rural Repulican centers as always. But, as I mentioned earlier on another thread. This is a state which often makes sure still not to expect people to show up to a Sunday event until after church services. If you’re out on a Sunday around noon at the grocery store, in a restaurant, buying gas, etc., you’re surely going to see a family in their Sunday “best” taking care of errands after church.
    Freedom of religion is, of course, a value that MUST be defended, and it’s good to see Romney stating that fact clearly.
    OFF Topic, Ms Fluke is out there doing her whiny act for O again. Saw it last night. She is so frightened that all those years of fighting for women’s rights will be totally undermined by Romney. It creeps me out. I am indeed pro choice. I was there at the start of the feminist movement. I wanted choice, but I never expected that certain choices should take the spotlight as the “right” choices over and above things like abstaining or working to exercise one’s choice without having others pay for your particular choices.