Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Perry might skip debates

Rick Perry's spokesman, Mark Miner, tells Maggie Haberman that his guy might not show up at all the debates.

"I think all the campaigns are expressing frustration right now," Miner told POLITICO. "We said we would do Michigan but the primaries are around the corner and you have to use your time accordingly."

Last night, Perry complained about the surface nature of debates.

"It's pretty hard to be able to sit and lay out your ideas and concepts with a one-minute response, so if there was a mistake made, it was probably ever doing one of the campaigns [debates] when all they're interested in is stirring it up between the candidates instead of really talking about the issues that are important to the American people."

Would he actually do any better in a long, drawn-out dialogue of a debate, though? If any candidate needs a soundbite debate and not a policy-oriented one, it's Herman Cain and Perry.

Regardless, skipping debates would be a gamble for Perry, because there's always the chance he could deliver a really damaging blow to Mitt in front of a nationwide audience. On the other hand, he's at 6% in the latest poll because of just how poorly he's fared in the debates.