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Krystal Ball: Rick Perry’s Anti-Gay Ad ‘Smacks Of Desperation’, ‘Race-baiting’

MSNBC contributor Krystal Ball slammed Rick Perry‘s new ad blasting gays in the military on Martin Bashir Thursday saying it was a sign his campaign was on the ropes.

“It smacks of desperation because Rick Perry knows that if voters go to caucus and they’re thinking about the economy or who has the best grasp of the issues or the best leader, they won’t vote for him,” Ball observed. “So he has to frame this as a values thing. It’s the red meat about Obama and the same race-baiting stuff they have been doing all along. But this is also about Mitt Romney being Mormon, it’s also about Newt Gingrich and his past infidelities. So for Rick Perry, that’s why he’s doing this very despicable and cynical framing.”

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“I want to point out how outside of the mainstream this anti-gay ad is,” Ball added. “At the time of repeal (of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell), 80% of Americans were supporting repeal. Since repeal was instituted, even the public face of the opposition who was Marine General Amos, he said it’s been a nonevent. That’s how far the GOP has moved outside of the mainstream.”

Watch Ball lambaste Rick Perry’s ad below via MSNBC:

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