Huckabee: Perry Not Ready for Prime Time

Saturday, 24 Sep 2011 03:16 PM

By Gary Cohen

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Texas Governor Rick Perry's performance at this past week's GOP presidential debate is raising questions about his ability to lead the country if elected.

This morning on "Fox & Friends," Mike Huckabee said Perry "looked dumbfounded" when it came to the immigration issue and overall Perry looked like "he is not prepared for the pressure of the presidential stage."

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The one-time GOP presidential hopeful and former Arkansas governor said he is not concerned about Perry's ideas but is concerned about how he delivered them. Huckabee criticized Perry's delivery and preparation, adding that he believed Perry appeared exhausted.

Huckabee suggests Perry's not appearing ready for the White House stage is "not atypical in a presidential election."

On the subject of immigration at the debate in Orlando which aired on Fox Thursday, Huckabee says Perry "could've answered that in a way that would've diffused it."

Huckabee said in place of Perry saying "you don't have a heart" Perry could have said a majority of illegal immigrants "pay taxes everytime they buy something."

Huckabee also pointed out this morning that the notion that the Republican presidential competition is just a two-man race between Perry and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is one Huckabee "highly resented."

That feeling is accentuated by the fact that in 2008 when Huckabee came out ahead of Romney in the Iowa caucus, Huckabee says he had first-hand experience in feeling resistance to a third contender being in the picture.



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