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Why Skipping The Debates Makes Perfect Sense For Perry


Why Skipping The Debates Makes Perfect Sense For Perry


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.

Henry Decker

Henry Decker was formerly the Managing Editor of The National Memo. He is currently an Online Associate at MRCampaigns.

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  1. lusksavage October 29, 2011

    It makes perfect since because he is totally unoriginal and brings nothing at all to the table. Every time he opens his mouth he makes a fool of himself. It must be a texas thing!

  2. judith01457 October 30, 2011

    Since his information is often inaccurate, probably wise to skip the debates. Also interrupting isn’t good form.

  3. Alan Towne November 2, 2011

    I am glad to see Rick Perry running for president. It’s nice to see our high offices are open to the average and even below average person and not to just the talented few.


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