Perry: We Don’t Need to Elect the ‘Smoothest Debater’

Orlando, Fla. — In his CPAC speech today, Rick Perry came out swinging, criticizing Romneycare vigorously and stressing that there was no connection between good debating and good governing.

“As conservatives, we know that values and vision matter,” Perry said. “It’s not who is the slickest candidate or the smoothest debater that we need to elect. We need to elect the candidate with the best record and the best vision for this country.”

“The current occupant of the White House can sure talk a good game, but he doesn’t deliver,” Perry added. “Matter of fact, remember President Clinton? Man, he could sell ice cubes to Eskimos. And the next day be against ice cubes.”

Then he took a shot at Romney’s reputation as a flip-flopper on positions.

“The alternative is candidates who stick to principle, stand their ground because they believe in something,” Perry said.

Katrina Trinko — Katrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...