Skip to comments.Perry's plan to skip debates prompts criticism from Gingrich, Santorum
Posted on 10/27/2011 8:24:23 PM PDT by South40
Two of his Republican rivals on Thursday criticized Rick Perry, who has dropped hints he may skip some of the upcoming presidential debates.
In a question-and answer-session with reporters following an education forum in New York City, former Sen. Rick Santorum and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich both suggested it is a sign of weakness for Perry to take a pass on some future debates. At least 10 have been scheduled between now and the end of January.
"I'd never skip a debate. I'd never skip the opportunity to let the American public know what I think about these issues," Santorum said.
"I'm all about digging deeper and people getting to know the candidates."
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So many of the debates are held in liberal venues (PBS, CNN). I agree with Perry. Skip some of them.
If he can’t handle the debates ... well, I am singularly unimpressed at his abilities to be President. It’s just a debate for heaven’s sake. If you can’t handle questions ...
That’s a pretty tired graphic; got anything interesting to say?
I write interesting things all the time. It’s not my fault you Perry worshipers are too busy groveling to notice.
You would think they would be thrilled to have one less person on the stage with them. Wonder why they are so upset? Perhaps because it will be too boring watching them all sucking up to Mitt.
I love Santorum, and Newt has really impressed me too. Good for them. If you can’t handle the heat, get out of the kitchen. In the debates I’ve seen, Perry hasn’t handled the heat well.
lol Yeah. Probably better put.
I just think that its a BAD move to say that you can’t handle questions well so will just not show up ... when you are running for President of the United States. That means you are certainly not ready for the job.
You nailed it. La Raza Ricky can’t handle the questions, or the vetting of his record. This old boy has seen more than a few politicians come and go but none displaying a more ‘deer in the headlights’ stumbling speaking terror than this Perry fella while debating.
Neither of these men can afford to skip a debate, because they have no campaign funds.
It’s bE that everyone follows this rabbit trail of the media, though. “Hints” aren’t fact, yet. It is publicity for them all, I guess.
I understand Perry sucks at debate and I understand why. His record is one that is impossible to defend. At this point, and in light of his abysmal performances to date, not appearing is probably his best bet, though I do not believe it will have any effect on his free fall in the polls.
I believe Morris is correct on this one.
Perry can't afford to either and he has oodles in cash.
I know Perry struggles at debates but to refuse to participate will be seen as weak. Do you agree with his decision?
:-) Morris is wrong more times than he is right. But he may be right on this.
Santorum is one of the smartest guys out there. Should Perry skip many (any?) it will kill his campaign. Ten more are way too many and there are probably a dozen after January. This is ridiculous.
Perry “worshipers”? Why the nastiness?
The fact that he and the rest agreed to this epic display of MSM warfare called “the debates” trapped them all. Now none can back out without looking like cowards unless they do so en masse - all of which plays into the Dems hands.
Perry is sunk already so regardless of what he does in them, it will not matter to any but the total posthappy fanatic/sycophants here on FR. And since that type believe black is white and up is down as they have so embarassingly displayed in hundreds of posts, Perry will ‘surely retake the lead due to his bold leadership style and outside the box thinking’. (I think I threw up a little).
And people called us Palinistas “cultists”....
Sorry, still no sale.
It wasn’t nasty it’s just fact. Some in the Perry crowd at FR do worship the man and they have made that abundantly clear.
You are right, NL. We've all watched as Perry has dropped like a rock and continues to do so. Even so, his die hard supporters insist he has staged a 'comeback'.
If 'comeback' means drop from 31.4% to 10.5%, they may have a case.
Don't forget: he's in showbiz. But he's a reliable conservative now, and moderately entertaining.
And right on with this.
That is just not true and “groveling” is not nasty?
Add what we have seen of him in the debates and just the thought of him debating Barry is frightening.
You are either woefully unaware at the excuses made by the fan club and the shots they have taken at anyone daring to point out Perry’s legitimate problems, or just do not care.
If the former, I suggest you pick some of the names of the most vocal supporters and read their post histories. Concentrate on posts involving the keywords “fence’ ‘illegal’ and ‘shut up’ (or a variant thereof. If the later, well, whatever.
And 'groveling' doesn't even come close in comparison to the nastiness shown by some in the Perry worship committee. I was told I "hate Texas females and want them to die of cancer" because I was critical of Perry's nanny-state Gardasil debacle. Now that was nasty.
I like the crybaby images. Keep on posting them. Lots of crybabies out there...
What decision? “May” is not a decision.
.....these aren’t “debates”, they’re dog-and-pony shows.....
I’m not sure that you perception is correct. The Debates have certainly help America develop an appreciation for Herman Cain and allowed Newt Gingrich to redeem himself to many Americans who despised him. They now love him; or at least love his politics. Yours truly for one.
Yeah, and you were being as nice as Aunt Bea before that vicious attack I am sure.
I love the graphic.
I ping conservatives to Perry threads using a variety of images.
The Perry people do the same thing.
I'm sure my critics in this thread have also been critical of the Perry worship committee pings and I just must have missed it. /s
Read the thread yourself and see that I was in fact as nice as Aunt Bea prior to that crude, thoroughly nasty and uncalled for remark.
I think Perry is basically a good governor and a good guy, but that sort of performance is not at the level we should demand of a presidential candidate. It’s not even close.
that was not nasty, that was down right stupid...
Thank you GG. Interesting that I am being chided for saying they ‘worship’ Perry while what we get from the Perry crowd is, as you put it, stupid.
I agree TC. I do believe that Perry is well-liked in Texas. But he has attempted to take his dog & pony show national and it’s just not selling.
It is a good one. And if you look at my posting history you will see it has been some time since I last used it. Conversely, to post in a Perry thread one must scroll past the Perry worship committee's pin-ups of Governor Hairdo.
Some politicians have a record and public presence that is so flawed they can not merely run from it verbally, they are forced to run physically as well. Perry is one of those.
“If he cant handle the debates ... well, I am singularly unimpressed at his abilities to be President.”
People would think way more of Perry if he debated badly, than didn’t debate at all. We like our leaders to have courage.
He can forget my vote in the 2014 guberatorial contest now.
Perry is well liked by some in Texas, but a lot of us have worked Damn hard to defeat the TTC mess, reign in the costly pandering to illegals that brings in most of our crime, and keep him from making various crony capitalism deals of which Gardasil was only one.
We are tired of him, but since the executive branch is split in power between the governor and the lieutenant governor (who runs on a separate ticket) it is harder to attract a decent candidate than one might think.
Not all, but there are some Perry supporters that are batship crazy..reflects poorly on their candidate. A good debate should not cause some of the awful things some say. ..We don’t have to worry about Romneys supporters and that is a plus...:O)
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