The presidential campaign of Texas Gov. Rick Perry has sagged in recent weeks, dragged down by his weak performances in candidate debates. So what accounts for the debate problems? The candidate says he wasn’t properly prepared.
"The first 100 days is just a sprint to raise money,” he told Fox News, according to The Hill
. “I mean, that's what we were doing. We were spending a lot of time raising money, because we knew we had to. We had, I think, four debates in that time. Frankly, I didn't have time to prepare for those debates. Obviously, it showed.”
Perry freely admits that he feels uncomfortable debating. “I hate debates. I hate debates worse than I did spinning when I was a pilot in the United States Air Force. But you know what, I practiced enough that I got pretty good at it, so there'll be plenty of debates.”
And debates really aren’t the issue in any case, Perry says. “Here’s what people are interested in: we’ve got a great debater in the White House, a slick politician, and our country is really paying a great price for that."
Asked if it’s important for the GOP nominee to debate well against President Obama, Perry said, "I would love to be on the stage with Barack Obama, talking about how in the world did you lose 2.5 million jobs? How did you waste $4 trillion, Mr. President?"
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