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Rick Perry: Because of the Texas fires, Iím not sure Iíll make the debate tomorrow night
Hotair ^ | 09/06/2011 | Allahpundit

Posted on 09/06/2011 2:13:54 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

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.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: debates; fires; perry; rickperry; stopthebackstabbing; texas; trolls4obamaonthread
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1 posted on 09/06/2011 2:13:57 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Oh, McCain...


2 posted on 09/06/2011 2:15:19 PM PDT by FightforFreedomCA (It starts here! It starts now! Mr. President, game on!)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m not a Perry backer, but I am a Texas resident. I can respect his decision to pass on the debate.


3 posted on 09/06/2011 2:16:13 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Texas has no Lt Gov?


4 posted on 09/06/2011 2:16:53 PM PDT by cripplecreek (A vote for Amnesty is a vote for a Permenant Democrat majority. ..Choose well.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Damned if you do and damned if you don’t.

No win outcome in this situation.


5 posted on 09/06/2011 2:18:27 PM PDT by listenhillary (Look your representatives in the eye and ask if they intend to pay off the debt. They will look away)
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To: SeekAndFind

I doubt very much he is thinking of skipping the debate because of tough questions. He’s had them before and he’ll have them again. I’d rather see him take care of his people, unlike some leaders that go on vacation every time something bad happens to our country.


6 posted on 09/06/2011 2:19:19 PM PDT by RC2
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To: SeekAndFind
It's early. It's his state...it's his responsibility. He'll only be a couple of hours away but..... We'll see.

In the meantime, Palin thinks she's on some kind of cruise...no commitments, no clues, no regard...sorry..she belongs in or out at this point.

COMMIT OR QUIT and help the party!! More like using people at this point.

7 posted on 09/06/2011 2:23:11 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: RC2

Update: Perry plans to attend!


8 posted on 09/06/2011 2:23:47 PM PDT by tirednvirginia ( RICK'S CHICK AND PROUD OF IT!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Perry sounds like a typical establishment politician to me.

Has an excuse to get out of the debate, so he probably will. But, it’s “fluid” enough to change his mind.


9 posted on 09/06/2011 2:24:57 PM PDT by stevestras
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To: stevestras

HE ‘s attending.


10 posted on 09/06/2011 2:26:28 PM PDT by tirednvirginia ( RICK'S CHICK AND PROUD OF IT!)
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To: tirednvirginia; RC2

Latest Information :

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/onpolitics/post/2011/09/rick-perry-gop-debate-texas-wildfires-/1

Spokesman: Perry plans to attend GOP debate

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11 posted on 09/06/2011 2:26:28 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (u)
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To: Windflier
I’m not a Perry backer, but I am a Texas resident. I can respect his decision to pass on the debate.

Exactly my sentiments. I understand his decision.

12 posted on 09/06/2011 2:28:37 PM PDT by sand88 (Sarah Palin announces: Aug 12, Opps!! didn't happen then, but soon will :)
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To: SeekAndFind

Perry, you aren’t that important. Or maybe you just never learned to delegate. And just what does he think he can or would do personally in the span of a few hours that would make any difference? And I assume they make use of modern communications in the Texas governor’s organization.

People can spin all they want, but there was no legitimate reason for Perry to miss DeMint’s event, or tomorrow’s debate. Those fires have been burning for weeks and absences of a half day amount to nothing.


13 posted on 09/06/2011 2:29:05 PM PDT by Will88
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To: cripplecreek

Texas has no Lt Gov?

Exactly. I think he should delegate and put others in charge for one night. Be a mistake in my opinion if he doesn’t go to the debate.


14 posted on 09/06/2011 2:29:43 PM PDT by dandiegirl
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To: SeekAndFind

Rick Perry: Because of the Texas fires, I’m not sure I’ll make the debate tomorrow night

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Smart move. He would do himself harm if he did make the debates. These fires are intense.


15 posted on 09/06/2011 2:31:05 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (The views and opinions expressed in this post are true and correct. Deal with it.)
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To: Sacajaweau
In the meantime, Palin thinks she's on some kind of cruise...no commitments, no clues, no regard...sorry..she belongs in or out at this point.

She's in.

She just wants to make sure the RINO cowboy gets vetted properly.

Or would you prefer that Palin run interference for him?

16 posted on 09/06/2011 2:31:57 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Palin is coming, and the Tea Party is coming with her.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Prayers up for the fine people of Texas. May the Lord protect Texans and strengthen them as they fight the fires.


17 posted on 09/06/2011 2:33:26 PM PDT by advance_copy (Stand for life or nothing at all)
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To: cripplecreek

Texas has no Lt Gov?

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You want Rick Perry to send our Lt. Gov to the debates in his place? Huh?

OK, I know what you mean, but as a Texan who was evacuated from the Bastrop fires, I can asure you that all of Texas knows there is NOWHERE Perry needs to be at this time except in Texas.


18 posted on 09/06/2011 2:33:50 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (The views and opinions expressed in this post are true and correct. Deal with it.)
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To: stevestras

As a resident of Texas, in the area where there are multiple fires, I am glad he is taking his job seriously. I don’t want him galavanting off on the campaign trail when there is so much devastation in our state. The whole state is in a severe drought mode. Here in East Texas, we have had 2 1/2 months of 100 degree+ days - some as high as 110. No rain to speak of in that time period, either. Our state is a tenderbox.

For a map of the fires, go here:

http://ticc.tamu.edu/Response/FireActivity/default.aspx


19 posted on 09/06/2011 2:34:17 PM PDT by nanetteclaret (Unreconstructed Catholic Texan)
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To: SeekAndFind

Have Perry participate in the debate from remote onsite in Tx if the debate rules allow for it.


20 posted on 09/06/2011 2:34:31 PM PDT by tflabo ( to have been selected)
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To: Will88

“Those fires have been burning for weeks and absences of a half day amount to nothing.”

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I’m insulted by your ignorance.


21 posted on 09/06/2011 2:36:02 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (The views and opinions expressed in this post are true and correct. Deal with it.)
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To: tirednvirginia

I was going to say - Hey - I heard he was attending.

And it came from his campaign staff.


22 posted on 09/06/2011 2:36:18 PM PDT by TexMom7
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To: SeekAndFind

Sound like he was looking for an out on the Demint event.


23 posted on 09/06/2011 2:36:31 PM PDT by Sybeck1 (Why does so few (IA, NH, SC) decide so much?)
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To: SeekAndFind
I would have had much more respect for him if he had skipped it. He should have said, "Hell no I am not going to a debate when my neighbor's homes are burning to the ground." It would have been a home run.

But it is early in the season, and there are plenty more debates to come.

24 posted on 09/06/2011 2:36:42 PM PDT by Semper911 (When you want to rob Peter to pay Paul, you'll always have the support of Paul.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Jenny Granholm did the right thing with our fires last summer. She took a look, declared it to be a job for the pros and went right back to screwing us.

I’m sorry but I don’t buy this sudden victim mentality coming out of Texas.


25 posted on 09/06/2011 2:36:58 PM PDT by cripplecreek (A vote for Amnesty is a vote for a Permenant Democrat majority. ..Choose well.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Yes the fires in Texas are bad, even catastrophic, but there is NOTHING which for a short period of time those political and civil authorities under him in the state of Texas cannot handle for several hours or even days while he attends the debate. Someone needs to remind Perry that technology exists which renders the need for Perry to PHYSICALLY be in Texas MOOT; "Go to Meeting", SKYPE, etc...

If Perry follows through on this EXCUSE and dodges the debate and look at him as a man who is not there because he is WEAK/AFRAID, because he is not prepared and because HE CAN NOT HANDLE A DEBATE.

Mark my words if Perry BAILS on the debate HE IS DONE. MULTITUDES of voters will simply write him off as a viable candidate for President because a PRESIDENT is capable of doing more than two things at once: handling an ongoing crisis while maintaining enough STRENGTH, MATURITY, SMARTS/WISDOM and COMPOSURE to also hold a debate, press conference, meetings dealing with other matters. The MSM will also use this EXCUSE to drum out the mantra that Perry is WEAK and not capable of being the president and Obama's reelection campaign will magnify this into a cacophony: Perry is not a prime time player.

Someone here on FR who is acquainted with Perry and his campaign staff had better pass the above along to him ASAP or he is TOAST should he decide to bail on the debate. No matter how bad the crisis is, Perry must be at the debate at all costs.

26 posted on 09/06/2011 2:37:15 PM PDT by Jmouse007 (Lord deliver us from evil and from those perpetuating it, in Jesus name, amen.)
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To: listenhillary

I agree. Not really a clear choice on this one.


27 posted on 09/06/2011 2:38:27 PM PDT by americanophile ("this absurd theology of an immoral Bedouin, is a rotting corpse which poisons our lives" - Ataturk)
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To: SeekAndFind

It is tough right now in parts of Texas. I have a large fire 12 miles from where I live. It is 0% contained...lots of piney woods in it’s path. Has started jumping highways...my neighbor has been gone since yesterday fighting this fire. It is TOUGH...so for Perry to be in a debate with fires like this...I don’t think it is a good idea.


28 posted on 09/06/2011 2:39:25 PM PDT by shield (Rev 2:9 Woe unto those who say they are Judahites and are not, but are of the syna GOG ue of Satan.)
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To: Will88

They weren’t burning for weeks. They got out of control over this past weekend due to Lee’s winds kicking things up.


29 posted on 09/06/2011 2:39:39 PM PDT by jersey117
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To: SeekAndFind

That’s smart in more ways than one.


30 posted on 09/06/2011 2:41:17 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Jmouse007

Do you guys read or listen?

He’s going to the debate. This is the 3rd or 4th time I have posted this.


31 posted on 09/06/2011 2:41:25 PM PDT by tirednvirginia ( RICK'S CHICK AND PROUD OF IT!)
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To: Windflier
I’m not a Perry backer, but I am a Texas resident. I can respect his decision to pass on the debate.

Thank you for that. As you Palin backers continue to remind us - there's plenty of time.

32 posted on 09/06/2011 2:42:05 PM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.)
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To: SeekAndFind; tirednvirginia

He’s been overseeing requests for additional fire and emergency support, neighboring 911 units, and inter agency hot shot groups (specially trained and advanced wildfire containment crews) from all around the country to help the overburdened firefighters in Central Texas. I think he was too busy to care what people thought about him not going to the Palmetto Freedom Forum yesterday. However, it sounds like he has the extra support going now to give the fire fighters the opportunity to do their work effectively and win their battles with the flames which, in turn, gives him the opportunity to participate in the upcoming debate then.

If you are interested in what hot shot groups are, check this out: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hotshot_crew (Kind of like special ops groups! LOL Really interesting!)


33 posted on 09/06/2011 2:42:28 PM PDT by casinva ((Perry/Rubio 2012) or (Perry/Santorum 2012) or (Perry/Cain 2012))
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To: SeekAndFind; shield; Cincinatus' Wife; smoothsailing

34 posted on 09/06/2011 2:43:16 PM PDT by potlatch
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To: Will88

No, those fires hadn’t been burning for weeks. They were brand new ones not contained affecting residential areas.

And if he wasn’t that important why are all the people supporting people LOSING to him so eager to act like the Democrats do when a crisis arises in an attempt to score political points?

Here’s the reality. He’ll be at he debate if the fires are contained...NOT put out but contained.

If they are contained and he attends you’ll all whine about how he should have attended deMint’s forum (even though if he had you would have bashed him for not being home doing his job) and you’ll whine about how he shouldn’t leave Texas at all until they are extinguished then you’ll whine that he shoudn’t run for President at all unless he resigns his post because that worked soooo well for someone else. Once you complete all of these points you’ll then do your best to spin his performance at the debate as a failure at all levels even if he does well.

If he doesn’t attend you’ll say he’s ducking the debates, he’s a failure at a leader because he evidently doesn’t trust the Lt Gov to handle it and his ego is so big he thinks he needs to be there even though Governors really don’t play an important role in dissters they are just there for photo ops.

Have I about covered it? Oh, and don’t worry...I’m not taking it personally. This is the kind of sniping I expect from partisans but it’s still not going to push your favorite into the lead.


35 posted on 09/06/2011 2:43:21 PM PDT by Soul Seeker (I will work every day to make Washington, D.C., as inconsequential in your lives as I can - Perry)
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To: Jmouse007

If you read this thread, you can see that there are going to be people who slam Perry if he skips the debate, and those who slam him if he goes - and those who will slam him either way. I think Perry will assess the situation tomorrow, and if there is nothing that demands his physical presence in Texas, he will go to the debate while keeping in touch with his staff. If things get worse overnight, or if there are some decisions that require his direct involvement (National Guard deployment, etc), then he might have to miss the debate. Too soon to tell, but the latest word is that he is planning to be at the debate.


36 posted on 09/06/2011 2:44:07 PM PDT by CA Conservative (Texan by birth, Californian by circumstance)
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To: Jmouse007

No matter how bad the crisis is, Perry must be at the debate at all costs.

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Seriously? What if (God forbid) his (close family member) died?

Rick should skip the funeral and go off on a debate?

As a Texan, I submit to you that you do not understand the intensity of these fires that are still out of control.


37 posted on 09/06/2011 2:44:23 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (The views and opinions expressed in this post are true and correct. Deal with it.)
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To: SeekAndFind

If I were a Texan, I’d appreciate very much his decision to (maybe) not go. He is needed at home.


38 posted on 09/06/2011 2:46:25 PM PDT by bboop (Stealth Tutor)
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To: cripplecreek

>>>Texas has no Lt Gov?

I’m sure they do - but now is not the time for this Governor to be away from home.


39 posted on 09/06/2011 2:47:13 PM PDT by Keith in Iowa (Hope & Change - I'm out of hope, and change is all I have left every week | FR Class of 1998 |)
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To: SeekAndFind

six months before the primary and his state is really suffering. Sounds like the right call.


40 posted on 09/06/2011 2:49:26 PM PDT by mockingbyrd
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To: Will88
The Texas fires began in earnest on Sunday evening, and were the worst on Monday, when Perry returned to Texas. We appreciate his attention to our state, even if the trolls on here try to make it look bad for him to do so.

Have you noticed how trolls generally use some perjurious names when they comment on someone they do not like?

41 posted on 09/06/2011 2:49:54 PM PDT by LOC1 (Let's pick the best, not settle for a compromise.)
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To: cripplecreek

If he left the Lt. Gov in charge you’d be ripping him for that as well.


42 posted on 09/06/2011 2:50:37 PM PDT by Carling (DeMint to Obama: I want to read the bill, not listen to talking points off a TelePrompter.)
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To: Responsibility2nd; jersey117
I’m insulted by your ignorance.

You should be embarrassed by your own ignorance. I've been hearing about wildfires in Texas on and off for, well, here's some news on that subject, from Perry himself:

Since December, wildfires in Texas have claimed 3.5 million acres (1.4 million hectares), an area the size of Connecticut, Perry said. The fires have destroyed more than 1,000 homes, he said.

Link

Actually, the fires in Texas and the news stories have been going on even longer than I remembered.

43 posted on 09/06/2011 2:51:08 PM PDT by Will88
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To: cripplecreek

Yes, but not one that I want in charge.


44 posted on 09/06/2011 2:51:11 PM PDT by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: SeekAndFind

I don’t think Sarah will jump in, but now I’m hoping she does. After Perry ripped off Michele’s support, he is slowly being revealed as a RINO. Sarah has problems but she’s no RINO!


45 posted on 09/06/2011 2:51:46 PM PDT by 83Vet4Life
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To: Jmouse007

That is truly a hilarious post.

Perry refused to debate Bill White back in 2010. (Good thing for White, incidentally...as I saw Perry debate Tony Sanchez and I sort of felt bad for Tony by the end of it. Perry beat teh living S*%^@ out of him).

More likely, if one is so cynical to assume that Perry is not to be taken at good faith here, is that he has calculated that debating with the 7 dwarves, or however many there are, it is not worth the effort.

And he’s probably right.

Far from being done if he misses, his lead will grow wider.


46 posted on 09/06/2011 2:51:49 PM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: Responsibility2nd

Not to change the subject matter but there is now 2 confirmed deaths due to the Bastrop fire


47 posted on 09/06/2011 2:53:03 PM PDT by Bad~Rodeo (Nothing astonishes people so much as common sense and plain dealing.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Obviously Perry started the fires himself so as to give himself an excuse to not have to debate SARAH!


48 posted on 09/06/2011 2:53:22 PM PDT by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus ("A gentleman considers what is just; a small man considers what is expedient.")
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To: ConservativeDude

Perry refused to debate Bill White back in 2010.”

To finish the point. Perry didn’t bother to debate White. And he beat his soundly in the general.

These debates don’t really matter to the larger electorate, not even to the larger electorate that will decide teh GOP nomination.

(which, incidentally, will be all over by March 25....).


49 posted on 09/06/2011 2:54:02 PM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: Will88

The Bastrop fire started Sunday.

Perry delegates very well. You should have seen him post Hurricane Ike - he likes to get in the trenches and be a part of the effort. He will roll up his sleeves and get after it.

He has been in contact with the emergency management every single day.

He is not Obama who takes off on vacation while his country/state is hurting.

DeMint’s group has invited Perry back for a makeup session to be scheduled later. Read that on RealClearPolitics.

Your offensive. There are Texans who are suffering right now and you are being calloused.

The Texas firefighters need donations - you can donate..
The Texas Wildfire Relief Fund– a statewide non-profit organization – and the State Firemen’s and Fire Marshals’ Association of Texas are in urgent need of donations to help equip volunteer firefighters across the state with the clothing, supplies and safety equipment they need to battle the wildfires. Secure, tax-deductible online donations can be made to the Texas Wildfire Relief Fund at txwildfirerelief.org.

Bless your heart.


50 posted on 09/06/2011 2:54:37 PM PDT by TexMom7
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