GOP presidential contender Rick Perry may not attend future campaign debates, according to his communications director Ray Sullivan. “We’re about 60 days away from votes being cast,” Sullivan said on CNN’s “John King, USA” Wednesday. “That’s just ‘way too much time for Rick to say more stuff that makes little or no sense. We want to stay on message which is we have very little in the way of message.”
Perry himself expressed regret for participating in the debates so far: “These debates are set up for nothing more than to tear down the candidates. It’s pretty hard to be able to sit and lay out your ideas and your concepts with a one-minute response. Especially if those ideas and concepts are really hard for me to understand and remember, no matter how many times my staff makes me practice.”
The Perry campaign said it will instead concentrate on grassroots politicking in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Florida and Nevada. “Especially Nevada – that was the debate where he really looked like a whiny moron. We’ve got a lot of damage control to do there” Sullivan said.