Perry backing away from the debates?

posted at 4:45 pm on October 26, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Either this is the most awesome primary campaign move in recent memory, or an acknowledgment that we shouldn’t expect to see debates become Rick Perry’s strong suit in the near future.  I’m know which way I’m betting:

Rick Perry, who made clear during his Bill O’Reilly interview last night that he finds the debate formats geared toward promoting a fight, is going to the No. 9 one after that – but is a question mark for some of the glut of face-offs after that.

The Wall Street Journal also picked up on this statement:

Rick Perry saw his poll numbers swoon after a series of shaky debate performances in September. Now his campaign says the Texas governor may get a lot more selective, potentially skipping some of the jousting contests between now and when voting for the Republican presidential nomination starts in early January.

“We are going to evaluate each debate as it comes and take each one on its own merits,” said Perry spokesman Mark Miner, adding that for now, Mr. Perry is confirmed only for the next GOP debate, set for Michigan Nov. 9th. At least five more debates are now scheduled between the Michigan contest and the Iowa caucuses Jan. 3rd.

The campaign argues that with less than 10 weeks to go before the first votes fly, the debates devour too much time for travel and preparation. “The primaries are right [around] the corner and there is simply more to do than there is time to do it,” Mr. Miner said.

Er … time management?  Are “the primaries are around the corner” by the time the Michigan debate concludes, as Miner says?  Not exactly; they’d only be slightly closer than the number of weeks Perry has been an official candidate in the race.   It could have been true had Reince Priebus not strong-armed Nevada into reversing itself and moving its primary to February 4th, allowing New Hampshire to go on January 10th and keeping Iowa’s caucuses in 2012.  However, the primaries now will be almost ten weeks after the ninth debate — and let’s not forget that Perry has only participated in four of the eight debates so far.

How many debates would Perry miss if he decided to take a pass on the rest?  There are two more the following week, one in the important primary state of South Carolina (November 12th) and another in Washington DC hosted by the Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute (November 15th).  Which of those two would Perry like to snub?  Don’t forget that the Heritage/AEI will focus exclusively on foreign policy, and will be broadcast by CNN.  If Perry doesn’t take part in that debate, what will that say about his readiness to discuss those issues?

It doesn’t get much better in December, where the GOP will have four debates.  The first is in Arizona on CNN (December 1st), but the next three are in … Iowa, which is where the primaries-around-the-corner start.  Does he blow off one or more of those debates?  If so, would anyone in Iowa take him seriously — and what exactly would Perry’s path to the nomination be if he comes in lower than, say, second place in Iowa?

Factor in his falling poll numbers, and a decision to back away from debates seems even more curious.  Perry needs some serious face time to re-energize his campaign, and he’s not going to get that by pulling a Jon Huntsman and staying off the stage.  If he wants to make a point about protesting the number of debates that have been scheduled, that might be worth protesting — except that he’s attended fewer debates than almost everyone else on stage at this point, and his campaign isn’t making that case, at least not at the moment.

This looks like a strategy designed to keep Perry from doing more damage to himself, and that won’t impress many primary voters.  In order to fight for conservative principles, one has to first show up to the fight.

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Politico.

Marcus on October 26, 2011 at 4:48 PM

Well, if this is true, it’ll be mistake number 4 for Perry in a week. The next thing you know he’ll be involving himself in the birther issue.

Oh, wait…..

csdeven on October 26, 2011 at 4:50 PM

Yep.

kg598301 on October 26, 2011 at 4:50 PM

I wish they’d all say no to more of these debates at this point!

Warner Todd Huston on October 26, 2011 at 4:50 PM

Yep to “Politico”, not comment #2.

kg598301 on October 26, 2011 at 4:51 PM

Say good night Rick.

Knucklehead on October 26, 2011 at 4:51 PM

So much for the “Don’t mess with Texas” bravado….

er sorry Putin… can’t make that nuclear summit….

Bradky on October 26, 2011 at 4:51 PM

How many debates are there? I’m counting at least 14. How many GOP primary debates did we have in previous years, because that sounds like a lot.

Vashta.Nerada on October 26, 2011 at 4:51 PM

Meanwhile crickets when Romney decides to skip out on the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition forum. I guess that makes sense. He was only snubbing conservatives.

Y-not on October 26, 2011 at 4:52 PM

Him deciding to skip the debates would absolutely doom his campaign.

I can’t think of a dumber decision he could make.

Essentially acknowledges his inability to think on his feet and stand up against attacks. Yeah, THAT’s who we want to nominate…

nickj116 on October 26, 2011 at 4:52 PM

There are too many debates. The next two are the 9th and the 12th. Way too close together.

One/two a month tops.

gophergirl on October 26, 2011 at 4:52 PM

How about no more attending the damn debates sponsored by CNN????????????

search4truth on October 26, 2011 at 4:52 PM

Politico.

Marcus on October 26, 2011 at 4:48 PM

“We are going to evaluate each debate as it comes and take each one on its own merits,” said Perry spokesman Mark Miner, adding that for now, Mr. Perry is confirmed only for the next GOP debate, set for Michigan Nov. 9th.

Are you saying that Politico made this up?

csdeven on October 26, 2011 at 4:53 PM

Where is TheRightMan to explain the brilliance of this move?

Kataklysmic on October 26, 2011 at 4:54 PM

So much for the “Don’t mess with Texas” bravado….

er sorry Putin… can’t make that nuclear summit….

Bradky on October 26, 2011 at 4:51 PM

Hahaha…..

csdeven on October 26, 2011 at 4:54 PM

Well, if this is true, it’ll be mistake number 4 for Perry in a week. The next thing you know he’ll be involving himself in the birther issue.

Oh, wait…..

csdeven on October 26, 2011 at 4:50 PM

Next thing you know he will work with democrats to devise a top down health care system with an individual mandate, and then be proud when Obama implemented it on a national level.

Oh, wait…..

tommylotto on October 26, 2011 at 4:54 PM

Shouldn’t Perry be given the job of POTUS because, well, because he wants it?

csdeven on October 26, 2011 at 4:55 PM

Granted, that there are too many debates, and too long of a primary season but seriously, he decides to back away from debating NOW?

thebrokenrattle on October 26, 2011 at 4:56 PM

Essentially acknowledges his inability to think on his feet and stand up against attacks. Yeah, THAT’s who we want to nominate…

nickj116 on October 26, 2011 at 4:52 PM

I mean if he can’t even take on Romney or Huntsman without crying Uncle….holy guacamole… maybe he can manage the tuition assistance office for Texas after his stint as gov…

Bradky on October 26, 2011 at 4:56 PM

There are too many debates. The next two are the 9th and the 12th. Way too close together.

One/two a month tops.

gophergirl on October 26, 2011 at 4:52 PM

Are you saying that less debates would be better for Perry?

csdeven on October 26, 2011 at 4:56 PM

Where is TheRightMan to explain the brilliance of this move?

Kataklysmic on October 26, 2011 at 4:54 PM

I can’t wait to hear it LOL!!!!!

Knucklehead on October 26, 2011 at 4:57 PM

Chill. This is a nothing burger. Wait until he fails to show up for a single debate before you trot out your faux outrageous outrage.

tommylotto on October 26, 2011 at 4:57 PM

How about no more attending the damn debates sponsored by CNN????????????

search4truth on October 26, 2011 at 4:52 PM

It’s 3 A.M. and the most powerful man in the world is afraid to answer because it might be wolf blitzer!!

Bradky on October 26, 2011 at 4:57 PM

You know who this helps……

Dr Evil on October 26, 2011 at 4:57 PM

Next thing you know he will work with democrats to devise a top down health care system with an individual mandate, and then be proud when Obama implemented it on a national level.

Oh, wait…..

tommylotto on October 26, 2011 at 4:54 PM

Some other dude tried this earlier. Maybe you can answer when he would not? Exactly how does what other candidates do help Perry fix his dismal debate performances?

csdeven on October 26, 2011 at 4:58 PM

Are you saying that less debates would be better for Perry?

csdeven on October 26, 2011 at 4:56 PM

No I’m saying there are too many debates period. It has nothing to do with the candidate I support.

I think people are going to get debate fatigue and just want all of our candidates to shut up and get off the TV.

gophergirl on October 26, 2011 at 4:58 PM

Chill. This is a nothing burger. Wait until he fails to show up for a single debate before you trot out your faux outrageous outrage.

tommylotto on October 26, 2011 at 4:57 PM

Ah facts are such a lovely thing.

gophergirl on October 26, 2011 at 4:59 PM

These aren’t debates in any sense of the word. Just cheep reality TV. Not worth my time to watch.

meci on October 26, 2011 at 4:59 PM

I would not have a problem if they all boycotted the rest. They are no longer debates but a series of sound bites. Enough already.

d1carter on October 26, 2011 at 4:59 PM

Next thing you know he will work with democrats to devise a top down health care system with an individual mandate, and then be proud when Obama implemented it on a national level.

Oh, wait…..

tommylotto on October 26, 2011 at 4:54 PM

Then he go ahead and start up some liberal partnershipish gun control cause the weight of the one he carries around is getting to be too much.

Or maybe he can be sure to put forth a bill to make sure abortions are as cheap as possible, or failing that, at least let it be known that it’s a personal decision and the government shouldn’t say whether its ok either way.

Oh, and he should come out and say he was just kidddinggg you guys when he was fighting the EPA for the past 10 years … The EPA isn’t really overreaching cause global warming is real, doncha know?

preallocated on October 26, 2011 at 4:59 PM

Where are AH_C, right2bright, Dr Evil, etc on Perry now as you are so quick to jump on the Romney BashWagon…?

THIS does not help Perry’s campaign at all…

Okay, back to bed as I had to get up to check on some items. Talk to you all tomorrow.

g2825m on October 26, 2011 at 5:00 PM

Well, he went from 30 to 6 in 5 weeks by december 1 he’ll be in -30%. Drop out of the race now Ricky before it gets worse.

Falz on October 26, 2011 at 5:00 PM

Essentially acknowledges his inability to think on his feet and stand up against attacks. Yeah, THAT’s who we want to nominate…
nickj116 on October 26, 2011 at 4:52 PM

Yes, it’s an embarrassing confession for Perry and, even worse, it would deprive us of some great comedy moments.

whatcat on October 26, 2011 at 5:01 PM

Yeah, I agree the number of debates is horrible, especially if you suck at debates.

Mark1971 on October 26, 2011 at 5:01 PM

csdeven on October 26, 2011 at 4:56 PM

With 30 second responses I don’t see the value of debates. I think less debates in the primary would be better for everybody. Let them do retail politics.

antisocial on October 26, 2011 at 5:02 PM

You know who this helps……

Dr Evil on October 26, 2011 at 4:57 PM

America? I don’t know about others, but listening to Perry stumble through debates is like hearing fingernails down a chalkboard. I take no pleasure in it and frankly, it detracts from the little bit of positive that these debates provide. I feel sorry for him, his staff, and his supporters, who eventually, just like with Palin supporters, will one day have to deal with his inability to be competitive.

csdeven on October 26, 2011 at 5:02 PM

With 30 second responses I don’t see the value of debates. I think less debates in the primary would be better for everybody. Let them do retail politics.

antisocial on October 26, 2011 at 5:02 PM

Well, the value is in the fact that our nominee will have to perform in the same format against Obama. Can you imagine our nominee refusing to debate Obama?

csdeven on October 26, 2011 at 5:03 PM

They have a saying in Philadelphia, Rick. Something about “If you can’t stand the heat…”

Tell us, Rick… do they have that saying in Texas?

JohnGalt23 on October 26, 2011 at 5:04 PM

Candidate A: Does mostly conservative things while in office but can’t articulate them perfectly on a debate stage.

Candidate B: Does mostly liberal things while in office but can articulate the conservative positions perfectly well on a debate stage.

Who does we choose? Why, Candidate B obviously! Image is everything, substance matters not. Typical liberal mindset.

And I’m not saying B wouldn’t do some conservative things, but every single issue on the list of principles that I stand for he has scribbled on both boxes so much that there is now a gaping hole in the paper :-/

preallocated on October 26, 2011 at 5:04 PM

I think people are going to get debate fatigue and just want all of our candidates to shut up and get off the TV.

gophergirl on October 26, 2011 at 4:58 PM

Yeah, I get that. But pretty soon candidates like Bachmann, Hunstman, Santorum, etc wont be invited and there will be more time for discussion.

csdeven on October 26, 2011 at 5:07 PM

Can you imagine our nominee refusing to debate Obama?

csdeven on October 26, 2011 at 5:03 PM

No, but I can definitely imagine Obama refusing to debate our nominee. (unless it’s Perry)

Kataklysmic on October 26, 2011 at 5:07 PM

Someone who is doing as poorly in the polls as Perry cannot afford to miss the debates and given his record in previous debates it looks like he is incapable of doing well in them. If he was in the number one or two position this might make political sense, but he isn’t.

sharrukin on October 26, 2011 at 5:07 PM

In order to fight for conservative principles, one has to first show up to the fight.

Ha! Weren’t we just told this from Perry’s camp?:

“Mitt Romney is about to discover what it’s like to bring a knife to a gun fight.”

and -

“It will soon be Mitt Romney’s turn to feel like a piñata.”

and -

“Perry won’t just go negative. He’ll make your television bleed and beg for mercy.”

Buy Danish on October 26, 2011 at 5:07 PM

Yesterday I heard there are 14 more debates scheduled-can’t blame Perry for skipping some. They are not debates anyways-just a chance for liberal MSM people to do gotcha questions.

Bullhead on October 26, 2011 at 5:07 PM

I have to admit when I heard there were 12 more to go I wondered why. These debates seem to be playing into a media narrative to have the GOP destroy itself so they’ll have less work to do during the final campaign.

Perry’s biggest problem is his pandering on illegal immigration has finally caught up with him and he has no way to respond. The birther stuff is media contrived. The Gardicil thing is playing out as the feds are trying to promote an even more agressive stance.

Glad we have Herman Cain to counter Romney for a while longer.

DanMan on October 26, 2011 at 5:09 PM

Drop out of the race now Ricky before it gets worse.

Falz on October 26, 2011 at 5:00 PM

He has $15 million that his staff, advertising, and other leeches have to drain from his campaign before he drops out.

csdeven on October 26, 2011 at 5:09 PM

This looks like a strategy designed to keep Perry from doing more damage to himself, and that won’t impress many primary voters.

Too late. He’s done a lot of damage to himself with his debate performances starting with that 3rd one. But the solution is not to skip out on some or all of the remaining debates after the next one. He already looks incoherent and unfocused. This will make him look cowardly and unprepared. He needs to do the exact opposite. Go to these debates and show you have what it takes to be commander-in-chief. Plus start making the rounds on the alphabet and cable networks.

The fact that Perry’s had 5 debate performances ranging from mediocre to downright awful and has hardly shown up on any major news programs tells me he either doesn’t care or his handlers fear that he’s in way over his head. Either way, he’s finished. A flat tax proposal might make a few people interested in taking a second look, but if Perry’s not even gonna come out of hiding to sell this proposal, even that will be short-lived.

Doughboy on October 26, 2011 at 5:10 PM

The debates aren’t being used to attack Obama. He’s being protected by the fight amongst yourselves format. Fox was as bad as any. The debates are all about ratings, not contrasting present administration policies, except in standard boilerplate, with those presented by the candidates. We need to hear a lot more about precisely how they are going to correct overspending and a lot less about illegal gardners and tuition breaks. Now, we’re going to get lost in the belly button contemplation of different tax reform pros and cons,..the revenue side, while the spending side languishes. I give up.

a capella on October 26, 2011 at 5:11 PM

If he bails on debates it is most likely a fatal self inflicted wound.

If he doesn’t, this story puts him higher up in the next debate pecking order.

Either way, it made Perry a number one news story out of the republican candidates on a day that revolved around Romney and saw the debut of a national radio ad for Cain. Not bad for a guy running third, or fourth.

cozmo on October 26, 2011 at 5:13 PM

I thought Perry knew how to handle a gun…’cause he just shot himself in the foot…

lovingmyUSA on October 26, 2011 at 5:13 PM

Who does we choose? Why, Candidate B obviously! Image is everything, substance matters not. Typical liberal mindset.

preallocated on October 26, 2011 at 5:04 PM

Candidate B actually wins the election, because most voters actually are willing to hear candidate B out.

Candidate A sounds a lot like Christine O’Donnell – checks the conservative boxes but has zero charisma and credibility.

KingGold on October 26, 2011 at 5:15 PM

He’s being protected by the fight amongst yourselves format.

a capella on October 26, 2011 at 5:11 PM

Well yeah. When you can’t hold your own, you need to be protected. How is he going to be protected against Obama?

csdeven on October 26, 2011 at 5:15 PM

If he bails on debates it is most likely a fatal self inflicted wound.

If he doesn’t, this story puts him higher up in the next debate pecking order.

Either way, it made Perry a number one news story out of the republican candidates on a day that revolved around Romney and saw the debut of a national radio ad for Cain. Not bad for a guy running third, or fourth.

cozmo on October 26, 2011 at 5:13 PM

These are not the kind of headlines you want when your campaign is flatlining. Especially when the last 2 days you’ve had to devote time to discussing the birther issue.

Doughboy on October 26, 2011 at 5:16 PM

cozmo on October 26, 2011 at 5:13 PM

Actually, it would only benefit him if he were the one who could actually handle himself in a debate and decided to pass on the rest. But since we know this move makes sense for a failing campaign, it is just pathetic.

csdeven on October 26, 2011 at 5:17 PM

Candidate A: Does mostly conservative things while in office but can’t articulate them perfectly on a debate stage.

preallocated on October 26, 2011 at 5:04 PM

Rick Perry…

Green energy mandates costing billions.
The Gardasil mandate.
Tuitions for illegal foreigners.
Against E-verify.
Supported Al Gore.
Supported TARP.
Supported amnesty.
Voted for Carter.

So who’s candidate A?

sharrukin on October 26, 2011 at 5:17 PM

Why can’t these candidates all pitch in $150,000 each and sponsor their own debates?

portlandon on October 26, 2011 at 5:18 PM

Tell us, Rick… do they have that saying in Texas?

JohnGalt23 on October 26, 2011 at 5:04 PM

Perry’s a West Texas guy.
ALL West Texas guys can stand the heat!

annoyinglittletwerp on October 26, 2011 at 5:18 PM

Well I don’t know why anyone is even worried about whether he debates, doesn’t debate, thinks on his feet, or any of that stuff.

The REAL mark of a superior orator, presidential candidate, and indeed all-around awesomeness, is teleprompter skills.

Have any of THOSE been demonstrated by Perry or, in fact, any of our candidates.

No they have not.

Until they step up to the only measuring tape that matters, we will continue to be in the dark about how they will do as president.

Let’s have a teleprompt-off. And may the best reader WIN!

Lily on October 26, 2011 at 5:19 PM

KingGold on October 26, 2011 at 5:15 PM

Except Christine O’Donnell has never held a public office, and certainly not an executive position in a public office.

How many general elections at any level of government has Christine O’Donnell won?

Dr Evil on October 26, 2011 at 5:19 PM

I thought Perry knew how to handle a gun…’cause he just shot himself in the foot…

lovingmyUSA on October 26, 2011 at 5:13 PM

At least he wears a hat well.

DarkCurrent on October 26, 2011 at 5:19 PM

There are too many debates. The next two are the 9th and the 12th. Way too close together.

One/two a month tops.

gophergirl on October 26, 2011 at 4:52 PM

Are you saying that less debates would be better for Perry?

csdeven on October 26, 2011 at 4:56 PM

Looks to me like she’s saying… there are too many.

Pretty feeble attempt at turning the comment into something it wasn’t, skipper.

Call me when he actually bails on a debate, and I’ll join in the chorus of “big mistake” – until then, this amounts to… nothing?

Midas on October 26, 2011 at 5:20 PM

sharrukin on October 26, 2011 at 5:17 PM

I voted for Perot.
Doesn’t make me less of a conservative 20 years later…and Carter was THIRTY SIX years ago.
Even better.

annoyinglittletwerp on October 26, 2011 at 5:20 PM

We need a President that can speak for once. No more of this.

LevStrauss on October 26, 2011 at 5:21 PM

But since we know this move makes sense for a failing campaign, it is just pathetic.

csdeven on October 26, 2011 at 5:17 PM

Next act will be driving around Texas in a red pickup truck with boxes of free tuition forms and thousands of doses of Gardasil….

Bradky on October 26, 2011 at 5:21 PM

Well yeah. When you can’t hold your own, you need to be protected. How is he going to be protected against Obama?

I don’t think any of them has a chance in hell in the debates with Obama, except Newt and he’ll never get there. I’m beginning to realize there is an extremely good chance Barry will win re-election, if as much weight is put on the general election debates as in the primary. We don’t have good candidates.

a capella on October 26, 2011 at 5:21 PM

I voted for Perot.
Doesn’t make me less of a conservative 20 years later…and Carter was THIRTY SIX years ago.
Even better.

annoyinglittletwerp on October 26, 2011 at 5:20 PM

Perot wasn’t Carter.

sharrukin on October 26, 2011 at 5:22 PM

At this point, it’s his only option. What do you think he should do, continue to make a fool out of himself in 10-15 more debates instead?

This strategy may very well doom his campaign. Continuing to look like a moron in several more debates WILL doom his campaign, if it isn’t doomed already. It’s not like he has a lot of options at this point. If he was capable of debating worth a crap, he would have done so by now.

xblade on October 26, 2011 at 5:23 PM

The next debates are on the 9th, 12th, and 15th of November…. Do we really need 3 debates in a week?

El_Terrible on October 26, 2011 at 5:23 PM

Doughboy on October 26, 2011 at 5:16 PM

csdeven on October 26, 2011 at 5:17 PM

Um yeah, and whose campaign are y’all consultants for again. It ain’t a live boy, or dead girl in the closet. It is buzz about will the guy show up after the next debate.

It should be more of a nothing story than Cain’s manager smoking on a TV spot, or Romney having to explain a position.

Instead it puts another Perry story in the blog with over 60 comments in thirty minutes.

Its exposure and lots of folks got exposed.

cozmo on October 26, 2011 at 5:25 PM

The next debates are on the 9th, 12th, and 15th of November…. Do we really need 3 debates in a week?

El_Terrible on October 26, 2011 at 5:23 PM

We learned a lot from the debates. A lot of it involved things that we didn’t like but would it really be better not to know who these people are when push comes to shove?

sharrukin on October 26, 2011 at 5:26 PM

Perry backing away from the debates

No, he has to go back to Washington immediately to unify Congress and save the economy! Or something.

No wait. That was the other RINO. Sorry.

swede7 on October 26, 2011 at 5:26 PM

Call me when he actually bails on a debate, and I’ll join in the chorus of “big mistake” – until then, this amounts to… nothing?

Midas on October 26, 2011 at 5:20 PM

It does smell a little like blog bait :) Still it’s a mistake not to show up to the debates, you don’t give your competition an inch advantage. And he showed in the last debate he can push back, it just isn’t pretty when he does, and he doesn’t want to come off as a bully.

Dr Evil on October 26, 2011 at 5:26 PM

Either way, it made Perry a number one news story out of the republican candidates on a day that revolved around Romney and saw the debut of a national radio ad for Cain. Not bad for a guy running third, or fourth.

cozmo on October 26, 2011 at 5:13 PM

In the places where it matters, he’s runniing fourth, behind Ron Paul, Romney, and Cain.

No way does he bail…

JohnGalt23 on October 26, 2011 at 5:27 PM

No way does he bail…

JohnGalt23 on October 26, 2011 at 5:27 PM

Of course not. Then why are so many talking about it?

cozmo on October 26, 2011 at 5:28 PM

Except Christine O’Donnell has never held a public office, and certainly not an executive position in a public office.

How many general elections at any level of government has Christine O’Donnell won?

Dr Evil on October 26, 2011 at 5:19 PM

Doesn’t matter.

Wiser men than I informed me that she was the best for the job, image and credentials be damned. Just as I’m now being informed that voters will happily turn out to elect an incomprehensible man who’s just now all but guaranteed that Obama will spank him like a five-year-old at their debates.

KingGold on October 26, 2011 at 5:29 PM

I am offended that Perry thought he could be president of the United States with almost no ground work laid towards a run etc. and only some rich Texans to back him up. Running seems almost an afterthought for him. (His well meaning but overzealous spouse seems to have been a big factor according to his own words)

The presidency puts more responsibility on one person’s shoulders than any other job in the world. Perry should have had enough respect for the office to prepare better for it if he truly thinks he is qualified. Maybe next time Rick.

scotash on October 26, 2011 at 5:30 PM

I don’t think there is much to this..2 of the next 3 debates are on Foreign Policy and National Security..Perry will not miss those..:)

Dire Straits on October 26, 2011 at 5:33 PM

Doesn’t matter.

Wiser men than I informed me that she was the best for the job, image and credentials be damned. Just as I’m now being informed that voters will happily turn out to elect an incomprehensible man who’s just now all but guaranteed that Obama will spank him like a five-year-old at their debates.

KingGold on October 26, 2011 at 5:29 PM

Of course it matters, and he does have credentials and a record of creating jobs (In the real world). You are projecting onto a debate in the future, that hasn’t even taken place, and may never take place.

Dr Evil on October 26, 2011 at 5:34 PM

Rick Perry is a moron and an empty suit.

Chudi on October 26, 2011 at 5:35 PM

Hey, Governor Perry, you know what’s great about debates? You get to explain your ideas when lots of people are watching!

If you’ve got the greatest tax plan since Ronald Reagan or the greatest energy plan since Sarah Palin, voters won’t get it by osmosis. You’ve got to tell them why they should vote for you while they’re watching TV–at the debates.

If you don’t show up, we’ll vote for one of the other guys who do.

You know what really sucks about debates? Lots of people are watching…

Steve Z on October 26, 2011 at 5:36 PM

Rick Perry is a moron and an empty suit.

Chudi on October 26, 2011 at 5:35 PM

And a racist.

El_Terrible on October 26, 2011 at 5:36 PM

OK, so he IS dumber than i thought. It’s amature hour with this guy to even mention it. So he gets the nomimation….”uh, on second thought I’m not gonna debate Obama……”

I don’t think so! What’s with the deer in the headlights look this clown always has anyway?

JohnnyMojo on October 26, 2011 at 5:36 PM

Rick Perry is a moron and an empty suit.

Chudi on October 26, 2011 at 5:35 PM

chupachudi…You ROCK!

cozmo on October 26, 2011 at 5:37 PM

How about no more attending the damn debates sponsored by CNN????????????

search4truth on October 26, 2011 at 4:52 PM

CNN’s debates have actually been fairer than FNC and Perry did very well in his last debate which was on CNN.

As to the debates themselves, there are too many! Two hours every few days or once a week could be spent actually, you know, CAMPAIGNING in IA, NH, SC, FL, etc. But the candidates with no $$ (which is the majority of candidates) love them because they get airtime they don’t have to pay for.

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on October 26, 2011 at 5:38 PM

You are projecting onto a debate in the future, that hasn’t even taken place, and may never take place.

Dr Evil on October 26, 2011 at 5:34 PM

I’m extrapolating from past information that indicates a very clear pattern, that I think is obvious to all: Rick Perry’s a terrible debater.

And the debates, despite a lot of bellyaching around here that they’re just media self-satisfaction, do serve a useful purpose. They very clearly indicate differences between candidates, and they also help eliminate people who can’t defend their ideas and positions on the national stage. Because if Rick Perry can’t handle the attacks of Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum, how on earth is he going to handle Barack Obama?

KingGold on October 26, 2011 at 5:39 PM

The debates aren’t being used to attack Obama. He’s being protected by the fight amongst yourselves format. Fox was as bad as any. The debates are all about ratings, not contrasting present administration policies, except in standard boilerplate, with those presented by the candidates. We need to hear a lot more about precisely how they are going to correct overspending and a lot less about illegal gardners and tuition breaks. Now, we’re going to get lost in the belly button contemplation of different tax reform pros and cons,..the revenue side, while the spending side languishes. I give up.

a capella on October 26, 2011 at 5:11 PM

I agree. These debates are fairly useless as is. HOWEVER… if he or any of the candidates were to decide not to bicker amongst each other and look into the camera and point out Obama’s idiot policies and talk about those and good things like Solyndra, F&F, stimulus, or how the DEMOCRATIC senate kills his jobs bill, then why waste that opportunity.

He could very well do this and it would be red meat.

It’s his choice to get into a pokefest. He could say something along the line of “Mitt, I don’t want to bicker with you. I’d rather talk about the Obama administration’s possible involvement in Fast and Furious and why they are stonewalling Congress”, smile nicely at us and do just that.

Or he could take his ball and go home.

His choice and we see which one it was.

kim roy on October 26, 2011 at 5:40 PM

Aslans Girl on October 26, 2011 at 5:38 PM

I agree there are too many of the debates..But I think Perry will be at all of them..:)

Dire Straits on October 26, 2011 at 5:40 PM

As to the debates themselves, there are too many! Two hours every few days or once a week could be spent actually, you know, CAMPAIGNING in IA, NH, SC, FL, etc. But the candidates with no $$ (which is the majority of candidates) love them because they get airtime they don’t have to pay for.

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on October 26, 2011 at 5:38 PM

…it’s what you have to do in order to run for president.

Good CHRIST, there are some mind-boggling apologists out there.

MadisonConservative on October 26, 2011 at 5:40 PM

The presidency puts more responsibility on one person’s shoulders than any other job in the world. Perry should have had enough respect for the office to prepare better for it if he truly thinks he is qualified. Maybe next time Rick.

scotash on October 26, 2011 at 5:30 PM

I’m proud of the Perrys. Rick Perry and his whole family. They knew what they were getting into when he stood up to run. They all know what they are in for, the Liberal Media Meat Grinder. Rick Perry knows the country is in trouble, he didn’t just sit on his A$$ and whine about it. Even if he doesn’t win the nomination, I appreciate both his, and his family’s efforts to right our ship. I’m not surprised it was a Texan that stepped forward it’s in their nature to stand up, and push back. It’s in their DNA.

You might have noticed scotash, Huckabee and many more sat this one out, they know how bad of shape the country is in too, but they aren’t going to charge into the fray.

Dr Evil on October 26, 2011 at 5:41 PM

How about no more attending the damn debates sponsored by CNN?
search4truth on October 26, 2011 at 4:52 PM

I kinda’ liked the last CNN debate. get the moderator out of the way and let the candidates go at it.

Hmmm, ultimate fighting cage match…

May have to bet on Bachman for that one.

cozmo on October 26, 2011 at 5:41 PM

Much doodoo about nothing.

kg598301 on October 26, 2011 at 5:42 PM

You know, for someone who is totally irrelevant, this guy makes a lot of headlines.

And generates a lot of comments.

Hiya Ciska on October 26, 2011 at 5:43 PM

Much doodoo about nothing.

kg598301 on October 26, 2011 at 5:42 PM

I agree..:)

Dire Straits on October 26, 2011 at 5:43 PM

They also need to start pruning the field now.

El_Terrible on October 26, 2011 at 5:43 PM

Aslans Girl on October 26, 2011 at 5:38 PM

Point taken but Perry can’t just selectively participate now. Had he taken this position up front before the first one, fine. But, now he can’t.

a capella on October 26, 2011 at 5:44 PM

You know, for someone who is totally irrelevant, this guy makes a lot of headlines.

Hiya Ciska on October 26, 2011 at 5:43 PM

Who’s claiming he’s totally irrelevant?

Joshua Huntsman now… there you have totally irrelevant.

sharrukin on October 26, 2011 at 5:45 PM

Point taken but Perry can’t just selectively participate now. Had he taken this position up front before the first one, fine. But, now he can’t.

a capella on October 26, 2011 at 5:44 PM

God help him if he gets “quitter” attached to his name.

KingGold on October 26, 2011 at 5:46 PM

I’m extrapolating from past information that indicates a very clear pattern, that I think is obvious to all: Rick Perry’s a terrible debater. KingGold on October 26, 2011 at 5:39 PM

Riigght he can’t improve his debate performance so we can extrapolate that Mitt who flips and flops like a fish on dry land, to keep doing more the same, he’s not going to improve his performance on the campaign trail either right? That’s why they call him flipper flipper LOL That one was too funny, that was Allah at his best right thar.

I will be surprised if Perry misses any of the future republican debates.

Dr Evil on October 26, 2011 at 5:46 PM

Some other dude tried this earlier. Maybe you can answer when he would not? Exactly how does what other candidates do help Perry fix his dismal debate performances?

csdeven on October 26, 2011 at 4:58 PM

Perry has been pathetic, but we must never forget NEVER FORGET that the alternative is Mitt, and Mitt was epically and tragically wrong on the defining political issue of our time. He has demonstrated no problem flipping and flopping on practically every other issue, but on this one issue he inexplicably refused to do so. I cannot imagine a more inappropriate candidate this election cycle.

tommylotto on October 26, 2011 at 5:46 PM

You might have noticed scotash, Huckabee and many more sat this one out, they know how bad of shape the country is in too, but they aren’t going to charge into the fray.

Dr Evil on October 26, 2011 at 5:41 PM

Yup. Mitch Daniels, Gary Pence, Palin, etc.

a capella on October 26, 2011 at 5:47 PM

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