A new ad released by the Romney campaign this morning invokes the late Pope John Paul II to suggest President Barack Obama is endangering religious freedom in America. The ad references President Obama’s contraception coverage rule, which it describes as “forcing religious institutions to go against their faith.”
“Who shares your values? President Obama used his health care plan to declare war on religion,” a narrator says in the ad. “Mitt Romney believes that’s wrong.”
The ad goes on to show footage of Mitt Romney referencing Pope John Paul II’s opposition to Communism during a speech from his recent foreign trip.
“In 1979, a son of Poland, Pope John Paul II, spoke words that would bring down an empire: ‘Be not afraid,'” Mr. Romney said.
The ad goes on to make a secondhand connection between Mr. Romney and the late religious leader by showing footage of Polish politician Lech Walesa meeting with the Pope followed by clips of Mr. Walesa endorsing Mr, Romney during his world tour.
“When religious freedom is threatened, who do you want to stand with?” the narrator asks.
Watch Mr. Romney’s new ad below.