Rick Perry is a no on the Trump-moderated Newsmax debate:
“Gov. Perry has talked to Donald Trump in recent days and respects him and the folks at Newsmax very much,” Perry communications director Ray Sullivan said today in a statement. “There are two debates in the next seven days.
“Traditional retail campaigning in the days and weeks leading up to the Iowa caucus is the Perry campaign’s top priority. In the coming weeks, Perry will be in Iowa almost continually, meeting with real voters, doing town hall meetings and events and talking American jobs, faith and overhauling Washington, D.C., to Iowa voters. So we have respectfully declined the invitation for the December 27th debate.”
That leaves Gingrich and Santorum as the only confirmed “yeses”; Perry, Romney, Paul, and Huntsman are “nos”, and Bachmann remains undecided.