Debate Analysis: Perry’s the Biggest Whipping Boy

Friday, 14 Oct 2011 02:12 PM

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Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry has complained about the other candidates teaming up to tear him down. And according to an analysis of the last four candidate debates from the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs, he’s right.

The Texas governor has borne the brunt of a barb by one of his fellow competitors 39 times. Second place for this dubious honor goes to Mitt Romney, who’s been on the receiving end of criticism 29 times. He’s followed by Herman Cain at nine, Jon Huntsman at five, Ron Paul at four, Rick Santorum and Michele Bachmann at one, and Newt Gingrich at zero.

Interestingly enough for businessman Cain, all nine of the digs he took came at the last debate, showing how his status has risen.

As for those dishing out the criticism, former Utah Gov. Huntsman, the self-proclaimed candidate of civility, leads the pack with 19 attacks. Perhaps he feels a need to be aggressive because of his last-place standing in many national polls.

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Santorum is a close second with 18, followed by former Massachusetts Gov. Romney with 15, Perry with 14, Minnesota Rep. Bachmann with nine, Texas Rep. Paul with five, and Cain and former House Speaker Gingrich with four.

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