Experts: Perry Faded Near the End of Debate

Wednesday, 07 Sep 2011 11:47 PM

By Martin Gould

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Debate newcomer Rick Perry put in a display of two halves, the first strong, the second meandering, the Washington Post’s Chris Cilliza said after the Republican presidential forum at the Ronald Reagan library.

“With all eyes on him, the Texas governor started out strong — delivering a solid answer on jobs and showing a willingness to mix it up with (Mitt) Romney,” wrote Cilliza.

“He was confident without being brash and seemed well versed — or at least well rehearsed — on the issues of the day.

“If the debate ended after 45 minutes, we might be talking about how Perry had dispelled all doubts about his readiness for the national glare of a presidential race and all it entails.”

But after the first three quarters of an hour, Cilliza said Perry “seemed to lose focus,” Cilliza said. He only pulled it back with his strong answer on the death penalty which gained spontaneous applause from the audience.

“His uneven performance will likely keep the conversation about whether he is a clear front-runner alive, which is not what the Perry forces wanted.”

Cilliza’s view was backed up by former John McCain adviser Steve Schmidt. “He was like a boxer who ran out of steam,” said Schmidt on MSNBC, the station that aired the debate.

“He came in as a soft front-runner and he came out a soft front-runner.”







© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Bill Clinton to Attend Fundraiser for Nunn

Tuesday, 02 Sep 2014 22:20 PM

Former President Bill Clinton will be heading to Georgia to raise money for Senate candidate Michelle Nunn, who is worki . . .

Candidates in Alaska Governor's Race Join Forces

Tuesday, 02 Sep 2014 22:16 PM

The independent and Democratic candidates for Alaska governor said Tuesday that they are merging their campaigns to give . . .

Candidate Draws Fire for Calling GOP Worse Than ISIS

Tuesday, 02 Sep 2014 22:13 PM

A Democrat running for Congress in Alabama is getting hammered on Twitter for calling the Republican Party worse than th . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved