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Perry's New Ad Goes Viral, Sparks Parodies

Perry's latest campaign ad has spawned several parody and reply videos on YouTube

By BETH FOUHY
|  Tuesday, Dec 13, 2011  |  Updated 10:04 AM CDT
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Gov. Rick Perry says "I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm a Christian" in his new campaign ad called "Strong" on YouTube.

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Maybe Rick Perry should have worn a different jacket.

The Republican presidential hopeful's new campaign ad, "Strong," has become a viral video since being released last week -- but not necessarily for the reasons he might hope for.

By Monday, the ad had registered nearly 650,000 "dislikes" on YouTube, compared to just over 20,000 likes.

It's also sparked nearly 700 reply videos,including some mercilessly funny parodies that feature people wearing the same kind of jacket Perry wears. And there's lots of chatter about how Perry looks like a gay cowboy from the movie "Brokeback Mountain."

In the ad, Perry suggests that President Barack Obama is waging a "war on religion" while allowing gays to serve openly in the military. Officials say it's drawn some 6 million views on YouTube.

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