Texas Gov. Rick Perry recently expressed his concern about the packed schedule and even flirted with the idea of skipping some upcoming debates. However, Perry — who has struggled in the debate format and whose performance in debates has been roundly criticized — ended up committing to five more over the weekend.
But scheduling isn’t the only potential roadblock to “The View” hosting a debate. GOP candidates may be wary of tangling with liberal co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg or Joy Behar, both of whom have grilled Republican politicians on the show in the past. Behar was especially tough on McCain for running attack ads during the waning days of the 2008 election.
“Now we know that those two ads are untrue, they are lies,” Behar told the Republican candidate. “And yet, you at the end of it say you approve these messages. Do you really approve these?”