Although Thursday’s news that Texas Governor Rick Perry may skip the rest of the Republican presidential debates has been met with widespread derision by both pundits and other candidates alike, refusing to debate may not be that bad of a decision.
Perry plans to participate in the Nov. 9 debate at Oakland University in Michigan, but he has refused to commit to any subsequent debates. His sullen, rambling performances in the previous Republican debates have been universally panned, playing a huge role in his free fall from a frontrunner in August to fourth place in October. It seems like his campaign has made the calculation that whatever heat he’s getting now for the announcement would pale in comparison to the sustained negative press he’d get if he had another awful series of debates over the next few weeks.
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