The Corner

Perry May Start Skipping Debates

Looking at the swamped debate calender in the next few months, the Perry campaign is uncommitted to whether Rick Perry will participate in every debate.

Perry is confirmed for the Nov. 9 debate, but no debates beyond that. “We’re taking each of these as they come, examining the schedule and examining the opportunities and the opportunity costs,” Perry communications director Ray Sullivan told CNN

“We certainly respect the process,” Sullivan added, “but when you’ve got eight or nine candidates and 30 seconds to a minute, it takes valuable time away from campaigning in Iowa, as those elections approach.”

In a Fox News interview earlier this week, Perry complained that the “debates are set up for nothing more than to tear down the candidate.” 

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 ...

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