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Obama Camp Launches Desperate Ad as Catholic Vote Crumbles

by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 9/18/12 5:52 PM

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The Obama campaign has launched a desperate new ad that it hopes will somehow turn around its poor standing with Catholic voters across the country who are turned off by the Obama administration’s pro-abortion attack on religious liberty.

The video is meant to get Catholics and other faith-based voters to sign up to support Obama’s re-election campaign.

In 2008 Barack Obama carried 54% of the Catholic vote. Today only 27% of Catholics support Obama, according to figures from the pro-life group American Life League.

“Between August 15-19 of this year, American Life League commissioned a nationwide telephone survey of 900 self-identified Catholic registered voters. The focus of the survey was Catholic perspectives on the Church and nation. Below are some of the results of the survey,” the group said about a poll it conducted last month. “Only 27 percent of the Catholics surveyed support President Obama. Of those surveyed, 74 percent of Catholic men over the age of 50 do not support Obama, while Obama support among Catholic men under 50 years is only 25 percent. With Catholic women over the age of 50, the president’s support is only 23 percent, with just 31 percent among Catholic women under 50 years.”

The pro-life group added: “American Life League speculates that such a dramatic shift may be caused by Obama’s HHS mandates and ensuing legal battle over religious freedom, as 73 percent of Catholics polled believe that the mandates violate their religious freedom.”

Now, Thomas Peters of CatholicVote is highlighting a new video from the Obama campaign designed to turn these figures around. h

The Obama campaign has released a nearly three minute video of the President making an extended pitch to “faith” voters — the entire goal of the exercise is to give him the opportunity of saying these words while staring into the camera:

“The American people should know this: In a changing world, my commitment to protecting religious liberty is and always will be unwavering. As America’s religious diversity grows, we have the chance to reaffirm the pluralism that has defined us as a nation. A pluralism that is expansive enough to protect the rights of all to speak their minds and to follow their conscience.”

The rest of the segment is window dressing. Obama’s comment that he believes in “religious liberty” is in direct response to the accusation of the U.S. Bishops, faith leaders, faith employers, and the Romney campaign that Obama has trampled on religious liberty.

Obama offers no proof whatsoever that he cares deeply about religious liberty or about the rights of conscience. He has been granted a multitude of opportunities to address the religious liberty concerns raised by faith leaders across the country in the wake of the HHS mandate implementation and he has unilaterally attempted to ignore these concerns and has chosen instead to misdirect the conversation away from the core issue.

When it comes to religious liberty, Obama has backed himself into a corner. He cannot (or will not) take back his promises to the pro-abortion lobby and the far-left to curtail religious liberty by promoting free contraception, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs. So the only option he has left is empty rhetoric.

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In August, Mitt Romney launched his first attack on President Barack Obama’s pro-abortion record with a new advertisement that blasted the president for his pro-abortion HHS mandate that pro-life groups strongly oppose.

The Romney campaign released the television advertisement with the Republican National Committee. The campaign said “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.”