I think he's trying to copy what Romney is doing--ACT like you're the frontrunner, and that convinces people you are. So Perry is acting like it's just between him and Romney, the rest of them are just distractions.
Just a theory.
That's not just a theory.......
CASE IN POINT Perry did not officially enter the Iowa caucus---he cunningly manipulated the vote from Texas. That was supposed to take him over the top as he announced his candidacy the day of the vote........stomping allover the winners who spent time and money there.
Perry's sub rosa plan was supposed to take him over the top---instead he got a pathetic 700 write-ins---the winners got 4000 votes.
But there he was posing for pics, giving the victory sign under Iowa banners. He actually became the front-runner for awhile until voters saw the craggy-faced Marlboro Man's debate flops.
Perry has at least three PACs (that we know of) teeming with millions of dollars (he did not spend a penny in Iowa).
Once in the 2012 race, Perry announced he had "raised" $17 million---another of Perry's self-serving ploys to advance his ambitions.
The guy has "phony" written all over him.
Mine is that Perry has been all along Romney's stalking horse ~ and he still is.
His job is to help make Mitt look Presidential, and smart. Of course Rick has succeeded in making all the others look really smart but that's just Rick eh!