Perry is on for next debate… but after that?
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)