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    Sending precisely the wrong signal

    Sending precisely the wrong signal

    Whether Rick Perry ends up showing up at the debates or not, this sends precisely the wrong signal.  This is not May or June.  If you want the nomination, you show up to debates in November and December, without hesitation:

    After a series of poor debate performances in the early months of his presidential campaign, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is backing off the upcoming GOP debate schedule, committing to just one of the next three events between now and Nov. 15….

    Perry campaign manager Ray Sullivan said Wednesday night that the debates keep
    candidates from interacting more effectively with voters.

    “When you’ve got eight or nine candidates and 30 seconds to a minute, it takes valuable time away from campaigning in Iowa as those elections approach,” Sullivan said in an interview with CNN. “…There are, I think, 18 more in the planning phases. There’s no way that the candidates can do all those debates.”

    Whoever decided to float this idea has botched it.

    There are only a handful of currently scheduled debates, holding out the bogeyman of 18 more doesn’t help Perry at a critical moment when he is trying to recover.


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    I happened to read this post earlier today when it first went up, and did not want to be the first to comment. Been thinking about it, and I agree with a number of the braver commentators here. I think Perry has made the right decision. If the debates aren’t serving to advantage him, why do them. Without Perry to attack, Romney will have less traction, and I like that. Let Gingrich articulately trumpet the message, and take the toys away from the media.

    Karensky | October 28, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    I agree that we have too many TV debates. These, in essence, are sound bite popularity contests.
    What I would like to see the good Professor do is start a discussion as to what an informative, substantive debate format could be. If you have 8 people on the dias we cannot be informed of the substance of the candidate. Can we have a two hour program where each gets 15 minutes to address one, shortly worded issue? The only moderating that would be required would be a 5 minute notice, a one minute notice, and time.
    Lastly, I just can not listen to one more talking head take 2 minutes to ask a potential president to answer a skewed question in one minute, with interruptions. How is this informative to select a president?

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