Perry is on for next debate… but after that?

October 27, 2011

Texas Governor Rick Perry is definitely on for the next  Republican debate  in Michigan  on Nov. 9th.  But after that — we’ll see.

Questions were raised about whether the GOP presidential hopeful would skip upcoming debates after he  suggested in an interview that participating in the previous debates  had been a mistake.

Perry spokesman Mark Miner told Reuters the governor is committed to the Michigan debate.  Miner also said  that with a little over two months before the start of the crucial early primaries the campaign plans to make the best use of its time —  perhaps taking its case directly to voters in Iowa, which kicks off  the nominating race on January 3. (There are a half dozen debates planned between now and then.)

In an interview  on Fox News on Tuesday, Perry  brought up the debates when he was asked whether  he’d made “mistakes” in his campaign for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

“These debates are set up for nothing more than to tear down the candidates,” Perry said. “It’s pretty hard to be able to sit and lay out your ideas and your concepts with a one-minute response…  if there was a mistake made it was probably ever doing one of the (debates)…  when all they are interested in is stirring it up between the candidates instead of really talking about the issues that are important to the American people.”

The Perry campaign launched in August and he quickly rose to the top of the polls.  He hasn’t performed well in a series of  televised debates with fellow Republican candidates  and his poll numbers have  been steadily falling.


Photo Credit: REUTERS/Brian C. Frank (Perry in  De Moines,  Oct. 22); REUTERS/Mary Ann Chastain (Perry in South Carolina, Oct. 25)



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And soon, he will only give interviews to fox news since every other media outlet is lame.

Posted by fromthecenter | Report as abusive

Here’s a guy which demands that you use his ball and bat and his rules. Otherwise, he is going to throw a tantrum of a 10 year old and go home! “Waahhh. Mommy, they don’t want to play by MY rules. Waahhhh.”

Posted by neahkahnie | Report as abusive

He may be right about the debates. Each one is a repeat of the one before it. No new ground is broken and we do not learn anything new about the candidates. Is sad when there is so much to discuss and positions that should be heard. It is all a negative when the opportunities should exist for it to be a positive.

Posted by dansher49 | Report as abusive

As Bugs Bunny would say, “what a maroon”.

Posted by somethingstinks | Report as abusive

Yep, the best way to get elected is by keeping your mouth shut. Am I missing something? Does this guy think that buy not being in a debate will increase his odds of living in the White House? Poor guy hung himself just by talking. For once I’m thankful and no I never vote a straight ticket – just for the person.

Posted by forteinjeff | Report as abusive

Study Texas. Understand the direction taken under Perry. There are huge segments of the population living in 3rd world squalor.

They are near the bottom in education and healthcare…unless you count the uber rich private HC system he touts in Houston that caters to the financially capable from around the world. Which is Perry’s notion of a good healthcare system.

And remember, this same idiot vying to be President was suggesting to a cheering TeaParty mob two years ago that Texas would secede if taxes went up. Really? A secessionist for President? An oil soaked evangelist who hates the poor and wants to give more to the rich is the best Republicans can offer (again)?

Posted by NobleKin | Report as abusive