Perry: Because of the Texas fires, I’m not sure I’ll make the debate tomorrow night; Update: Perry plans to attend

posted at 4:05 pm on September 6, 2011 by Allahpundit

A thousand homes and 100,000 acres have burned in just a week. A friend of mine who lives just outside Austin was forced to flee with her family last night as the flames encroached, and not until this afternoon did she learn whether her home had survived. (It had.) Go figure that this guy thinks he should do his job rather than gladhand people on the trail for a few days.

Presidential candidate and Texas Gov. Rick Perry said he does not yet know whether he will attend Wednesday night’s Republican presidential debate…

“I don’t know. That’s a fluid situation at the moment. Again I go back to we’re going to be taking care of the folks here … We’re really focused on the events at hand and the other side of that is we’re pretty good at multitasking,” said Perry on CBS’s “The Early Show” Tuesday…

“This is not the time to be talking about politics. There’s another 14 months ahead to talk politics. Right now I’m substantially more focused on making sure that these people … folks all across this state are being taken care of. Getting out of harms way, saving lives is the big issue for me right now,” Perry told CBS.

Serious question: Is there a single person whining at him for missing DeMint’s forum who wouldn’t also be whining if he had attended the forum that he had shirked his duties as governor?

“It’s obvious that Rick Perry is skipping the DeMint forum because he knew he was going to be asked tough questions about his previous support for gay marriage in New York, as well as his policies in Texas in favor of illegal immigration,” says one representative of a rival camp. “He’s looking for a reason to not actually be compared to the other candidates,” says an official in another camp. “He was grasping for a reason not to show.”

There are eight more debates scheduled before the Iowa caucuses, three of which will be held within the next 15 days. Plenty of opportunities left to quiz him about immigration, an issue on which he is in fact very vulnerable, and on gay marriage and the Tenth Amendment, which won’t hurt him at all given his appeal to evangelical leaders. Ultimately he’s the only one who suffers from having to miss these things since every absence gives Romney and Bachmann a chance to shine unhindered and to attack him without fear of retort. They may have no choice tomorrow night: According to NBC’s new poll, Perry leads Romney by fully 15 points, 38/23, with Bachmann a distant fourth (behind Ron Paul) at eight percent.

Update: This isn’t a hard and fast “I’ll be there, hell or high water,” but his spokesman said this afternoon that he still plans to attend tomorrow night.

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No, it is a very specific proposal. Write in Palin’s name in your state’s primary, nobody cares.

MJBrutus on September 6, 2011 at 9:34 PM

Ok, seems like he’s going the full protectionist route, is completely mum on entitlement reform but somehow this will create 11 million jobs in 4 years. I thought one fairy and unicorn dust guy in Bammy was enough? Lol.

promachus on September 6, 2011 at 9:37 PM

MJBrutus on September 6, 2011 at 9:17 PM

I prepare taxes with 1099Divs/ScheD’s and many other Forms. A pain in the neck!! It takes forever to read/prepare forms, etc.

Yes, money to invest and run a business. You know we all know what needs done, but being in the position to do it is the hard part.

Hopefully, we’ll have some great ideas and have opportunities to enact them!

bluefox on September 6, 2011 at 9:39 PM

You guys are the the Laural and Hardy of HotAir…

right2bright on September 6, 2011 at 7:21 PM

It’s not very nice to insult Laurel and Hardy like that ;)

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on September 6, 2011 at 9:43 PM

yea think I am out to, bunch of hypocrites here. good 3 yrs HA.

djohn669 on September 6, 2011 at 7:42 PM

Good riddance!

Really Right on September 6, 2011 at 9:47 PM

yea think I am out to, bunch of hypocrites here. good 3 yrs HA.

djohn669 on September 6, 2011 at 7:42 PM

Don’t whine too much little girl.

Knucklehead on September 6, 2011 at 9:55 PM

promachus on September 6, 2011 at 9:37 PM

He hasn’t addressed entitlements yet. This is a jobs plan.

MJBrutus on September 6, 2011 at 9:57 PM

You know we all know what needs done, but being in the position to do it is the hard part.

bluefox on September 6, 2011 at 9:39 PM

What has me psyched, is that this is an idea I hadn’t heard and it is genius. I can’t say that we all know what needs to be done when I hear an innovative idea like this.

MJBrutus on September 6, 2011 at 9:59 PM

bluefox on September 6, 2011 at 9:33 PM

Rollins leaving is probably a blessing for Bachmann it seems like we have been watching his directions and decisions. Without him Bachmann might be able to relate to people more authentically. What she was doing was forced when she mentioned American Icons to connect and relate to the crowds she always got the info about them wrong. John Wayne and Elvis Presley. I don’t know how well she can do improv? Bachmann is great at staying on message, but she needs to a be able to change it up and know when to do it. If she has any good instincts maybe now that Rollins is gone she will use them?

Romney is going to lose everyone to the minutia of his jobs plan. People’s eyes will glaze over…He needs to keep it short and simple. He needs a lot of votes. Not just from news junkies like us, who keep up and absorb the specifics. But also from the folks who vote for nice hair GRIN.

Dr Evil on September 6, 2011 at 10:02 PM

What has me psyched, is that this is an idea I hadn’t heard and it is genius. I can’t say that we all know what needs to be done when I hear an innovative idea like this.

MJBrutus on September 6, 2011 at 9:59 PM

Eliminating taxes on investment income is a new idea to you? Where the heck have you been? People have been talking about this for years and years.

But while many of his opponents would eliminate all taxes on capital gains and dividends, Romney would zero out taxes on investment income only for the middle class.

steebo77 on September 6, 2011 at 10:04 PM

It’s good to see Romney finally give us details. The last couple of months he was being too vague by half.

It took a lot of courage to get that specific. This is going to put pressure on the other candidates to either criticize him, or get just as detailed. Nice move on his part.

A very refreshing change to the game playing nonsense we are seeing from Palin.

csdeven on September 6, 2011 at 10:13 PM

yea think I am out to, bunch of hypocrites here. good 3 yrs HA.

djohn669 on September 6, 2011 at 7:42 PM

Later Nista.

CW on September 6, 2011 at 10:19 PM

CW on September 6, 2011 at 10:19 PM

djohn669 was more drunk than usual today. I’m sure he will forget that today ever happened and be back tomorrow.

Really Right on September 6, 2011 at 10:24 PM

yea think I am out to, bunch of hypocrites here. good 3 yrs HA.

djohn669 on September 6, 2011 at 7:42 PM

Awwwwww. Wadda madder? Does your ovaries hurt?

hahaha j/k dude.

csdeven on September 6, 2011 at 10:33 PM

Kataklysmic on September 6, 2011 at 7:31 PM

I’d miss you…not him.

annoyinglittletwerp on September 6, 2011 at 11:19 PM

Winds have died down in OK and TX allowing progress to made on the fires. If the Federal Government had done its job, they would have the big dozers from Fort Hood cutting roads to the Bastrop fire but paperwork is bogged down between FEMA and DoD so the resources needed from the Feds just sit there. FEMA is finally on the ground today. After sitting on my front porch Friday night and smelling all the smoke from a fire south of Norman, IMHO Gov Perry needed to be back in Texas to take on the Feds again.

We have several candidates with no class after their comments on Gov Perry leaving to fly back to Texas so he would be there when it was still light. Unlike the rest, he is the Governor first.

As for Romney, he hasn’t held a job since 2006 while he continues to run for President. He should keep his mouth shut period. Why would we want someone who spends the last five years running for President?

Bachmann can take it and shove it after her ad that dissed the south and Governor Perry — what a crap ad that insulted people who live in the south and southwest.

Santorum needs to just go away and quit with that superior social issue agenda of his — we have a bad economy that he doesn’t seem to get as he attacks that some candidates are not conservative enough on social issues.

Ron Paul — been there, done that every four years. Gets high numbers in the polls and low numbers of votes in the actual election.

Don’t have a problem with Newt who I know is going nowhere fast and I really like Herman Cain.

The Governor has shown what a leader does in an emergency which is more important than any crappy debate. In this economy to have a debate on social issues makes me wonder about some in the GOP. Don’t normally agree with the IN Governor Daniels but he was right about social issues taking a back seat to getting the economy moving with ideas that have actually worked not some brainstorm of some economists as a plan.

As you can probably tell, I detest debates and don’t see what they really show us about a candidate. From the gotcha questions to the whining of some candidates, I don’t like debates. Cannot remember the last time I watched a debate and didn’t hit the mute button most of the time. Much prefer the Town Halls where people can ask questions from regular people not ones who are planted like are used by Romney and Bachmann. Then you have Bachmann who does the same thing with reporters — will only take questions from the ones she wants.

Governor Perry may not be 100% perfect but I have yet to see the candidate who is but he has more experience at governing and knows how to play hardball than any of the rest of the candidates.

PhiKapMom on September 7, 2011 at 1:34 AM

Governor Perry may not be 100% perfect but I have yet to see the candidate who is but he has more experience at governing and knows how to play hardball than any of the rest of the candidates.
PhiKapMom on September 7, 2011 at 1:34 AM

He has experience in Texas. If that translates to meaning anything nationally remains to be seen.

whatcat on September 7, 2011 at 2:06 AM

So people are criticizing Perry for skipping a debate because he has a crisis at home. Is this even surprising?

There are some good answers to such criticisms:

For example: That’s hardly fair. Perry is still the governor of Texas, and they’re having a major crisis. He needs to be there more than he needs to be at the debate

Or: How would it make Perry look if he was spending his time campaigning while major parts of his state are burning?

Both of those are good responses.

But his whole business of saying, “How dare you say such a thing! You’re the lowest of the low!” is a bit ridiculous. Perry will be criticized, just like McCain was criticized when he suspended his campaign to return to Washington.

The hard truth is that the situations are very similar. Granted, McCain was only one of 1 hundred senators, but he had a reputation for crossing the aisle, and was largely running for President on the strength of his resume as a Senator. It was a big enough crisis to justify him going back to Washington, and he would have looked petty to ignore it while he concentrated on his campaign.

And yet, I guarantee that some of the outrage spilling out against people who suggest Perry is wrong to skip the debate comes from the same people who think McCain was wrong to threaten to skip his debate.

McCain made much of his stand on principle of skipping the debate because of a more serious crisis where he was needed. But note that, in the end, he did the debate anyway. He couldn’t afford the optics of people thinking he was afraid to debate.

And that’s why Perry will probably do everything in his power to make the debate in spite of what he’s said about having to go back to his state. If at all possible, he’ll try not to skip more than a single debate, because he can’t afford to be seen as weak or fearful of a debate.

Don’t be surprised if Perry is at the next debate, even if the fires are no better.

There Goes The Neighborhood on September 7, 2011 at 2:32 AM

csdeven on September 6, 2011 at 10:13 PM

Once again, you are purposefully wrong on the facts…

Gohawgs on September 7, 2011 at 5:54 AM

Looks like Romney’s 59 points is a big “whoop” about not much…if he doesn’t dismantle the EPA, NLRB, OSHA, and others, his plan is of little use.
He will “talk” about reducing ObamaCare, how about RomneyCare? If only he had done some of these things when he was actually able to, instead of running away from conservative ideas…if only.

right2bright on September 7, 2011 at 9:28 AM

It’s good to see Romney finally give us details. The last couple of months he was being too vague by half.

It took a lot of courage to get that specific. This is going to put pressure on the other candidates to either criticize him, or get just as detailed. Nice move on his part.

A very refreshing change to the game playing nonsense we are seeing from Palin.

csdeven on September 6, 2011 at 10:13 PM

Hey, you got something…yeah, right there…no, lower…on your chin….yeah there you go, wipe it off.

fossten on September 7, 2011 at 9:38 AM

Maybe he should
skip the debate
and go back to Texas
to find the super genius
who cut funding
for volunteer fire departments
by 75 percent
this year.

Dave Rywall on September 7, 2011 at 9:41 AM

Maybe he should
skip the debate
and go back to Texas
to find the super genius
who cut funding
for volunteer fire departments
by 75 percent
this year.

Dave Rywall on September 7, 2011 at 9:41 AM

Ruh roh…

the_nile on September 7, 2011 at 11:41 AM

Ruh roh…

the_nile on September 7, 2011 at 11:41 AM

You’re so afraid of Perry that you’re even willing to hang-on the word of our resident illegal alien.
Pathetic, you are.

annoyinglittletwerp on September 7, 2011 at 12:09 PM

annoyinglittletwerp you can find this info alllllll over the news.

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“Under Gov. Rick Perry (R) this year, Texas slashed state funding for the volunteer fire departments that protect most of the state from wildfires like the ones that have recently destroyed more than 700 homes.

Volunteer departments that were already facing financial strain were slated to have their funding cut from $30 million to $7 million, according to KVUE.

The majority of Texas is protected by volunteer fire departments. There are 879 volunteer fire departments in Texas and only 114 paid fire departments. Another 187 departments are a combination of volunteer and paid.”

———-

Dave Rywall on September 7, 2011 at 12:55 PM

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