"He’s going to be better prepared next time"

Anita Perry spoke for less than four minutes then sat down. But one of the club’s organizers drew her back to the microphone for questions, noting he hadn’t cleared a Q-and-A session with her ahead of time.

She repeatedly turned her comments to a defense of criticism about her husband’s groggy debate performance last week, saying, “he’s never had a debate class or a debate coach in his life. … He’s going to be better prepared next time.”

Anita Perry said she thought the Rick Perry did “great” in first GOP debate, became a target in the second debate and then fell under serious attack in the third as his rivals tried to “throw him off message because he was leading in the polls.”