What we’re watching: Wed., Dec. 7, 2011

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Rick Perry is lashing out at gays in an open appeal to Iowa’s social conservatives.  The GOP presidential candidate attacks gay rights in his campaign’s latest TV ad and accuses President Obama of declaring a “war on religion.”

“You don’t need to be in the pew every Sunday to know there’s something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military but our kids can’t openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school,” says Perry.

Perry, along with Michele Bachmann, hasn’t said whether he’ll appear at Donald Trump’s debate, set for Dec. 27.  Mitt Romney has said no and The Donald seems none too happy.

“I’m surprised Mitt Romney said no, he said he’s very busy, he’s so busy,” Trump said during an interview this morning on msnbc.  “Frankly I’m surprised, because he really wants my endorsement, he wants it badly.”

Frontrunner Newt Gingrich, the first to accept Trump’s invite, says his fellow Republican presidential candidates who are refusing to attend the Trump debate are simply running scared.

“I think if you’re afraid to debate with Donald Trump, people are going to say, ‘so you want me to believe you can debate Barack Obama but you’re afraid to show up with Donald Trump?’” the ex-House Speaker told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren last night.

Also on Fox News last night, Bill O’Reilly discussed President Obama’s new outreach program to African-American voters, asking guest Marc Lamont Hill what kind of events would the outreach entail: “is he going to be on Soul Train?” 

Hill, taken a bit by surprise, explained that Soul Train is no longer an accurate reflection of black culture, adding “you know you’re going to be on Media Matters for that one.”

 

What we're watching: Wed., Dec. 7, 2011

Updated