Overheard on CNN.com: Perry is 'so yesterday'
Texas Gov. Rick Perry may sit out some debates, according to his spokesman.
October 27th, 2011
01:36 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Perry is 'so yesterday'

Comment of the morning:

"It seems to me that Rick Perry has skipped all the debates, although his empty suit has made a number of appearances."–Lenny Pincus

Perry may pass on debates

The Perry approach - campaign first, have ideas later

Citing time constraints, Rick Perry's top spokesman said Wednesday that the Texas governor may sit out some of the Republican debates. Perry and most of the other GOP candidates seem to have decided to run for president with no plans for what they'd do if they won, writes political analyst Gloria Borger. Mitt Romney and Ronald Reagan both proposed substantive ideas, she writes - what changed?

Most CNN.com readers said Perry had taken himself out of the race.

optimistica said, "The ugly truth is that he can't perform even adequately and exposes his shallow ideas for all to see."

DakotaKyle said, "All flash and no substance, or for the folksy Texas version: 'All hat and no cattle.'"

Bill in Austin said, "This is not surprising, as Governor Perry avoided all debates in the last gubernatorial election in Texas. He also refused to meet with any of the editorial boards of the major newspapers in Texas. Many Texans saw this as a cowardly act totally out of character for the rough and tough Texan that he portrays."

Marla said, "He's incapable of an intelligent debate. He avoided debating the better candidate for Texas governor and still managed to get himself re-elected. Hopefully, the rest of America isn't as dumb as Texas. Just wait until he has to face President Obama in a debate. He wouldn't stand a chance."

intothemoon said, "Any politician who thinks the Earth is only 6,000 years old should not even be considered a presidential candiate. This guy is a nut."

bardfast said, "The man makes George W. Bush look smart."

mommers said, "Oh please. Perry is so yesterday. He showed himself to be rude in the last debate and a religious bigot before that. I can't believe I considered him at one time."

blake said, "It is true that Perry's performance at the debates has hurt him. But so will his decision not to participate. Perry is basically taking himself out of the race with this decision. Since 1980 you can't become president without handling the media with the skill of a professional actor. Sad, but true."

Most CNN.com readers agreed with Borger about the current slate of GOP candidates, saying Mitt Romney, John Huntsman, and Ron Paul were candidates with real ideas.

Dennis1020 said, "Perry, and most of these Republican candidates, never learned to engage their brain before engaging their mouth. In other words, it's a 'ready, fire, aim' approach to fixing this country's problems."

Entrapment said, "They're not running for office despite having no ideas. They're running because they have no ideas. They're empty vessels for Steve Forbes and the Koch Brothers to fill with their ultra-rich friendly tax schemes."

debilis said, "A good article. Romney is a serious, very capable guy with a strong resume and I think would do an excellent job. The current President was fast tracked into the office and it really shows. ... He needed to spend another 6 years in the Senate and on various committees learning and maturing. Leading democrats saw Obama as highly electable, and the whole thing was actually unfair to him as he was just not ready."

Mathink said, "The first candidate this year to come out with reasoned, complete plans has been ignored by the media and the voters. Only gimmicks get airtime and only candidates with airtime rise in the polls. This is why truly viable candidates like Huntsman can't get any traction while gimmicky Perrys & Cains grab headlines."

rapier1 said, "Honestly, I support Obama but I'd like to see Huntsman get the nod. Of all the candidates he seems to be the only one who is serious, intelligent, focused, and responsible. If I can't have Obama I'd like to see Huntsman. If it's Perry or Cain I think we're shooting ourselves in the foot."

clarke said, "I would like to see Obama run against Huntsman."

Gliese581gg said, "Me too. Unfortunately the GOP doesn't like smart candidates."

robert87 said, "And Ron Paul has kept the same belief for years as well as a plan that would cut 1 trillion out of the deficit. He is not mentioned here why?"

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soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Flynn

    Jon Huntsman is the experienced candidate that can take on Obama and win. His positions are sensible and he has a record of getting things done. He's been shortchanged in the debates as the "frontrunners" of the moment get most exposure. Hopefully voters will take the time to look at everyone's agenda and make an intelligent choice at the ballot box.

    October 28, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  2. ronvan

    Pack up your bags, put on your hat and go back to Texas! Everytime I see this guy his chest is so puffed out I am beginning to wonder if he is wearing an air bag.

    October 28, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. milfred

    The media needs to keep the candidates away from the subject of religion. It's irrelevant. There are more pressing issues to talk about. Also, the media needs to spend less time talking about how the public will perceive the candidates. This is far less important than understanding the issues at hand and where the candidates stand on them. The media needs to start asking more questions about the candidate's policies and really drill down much deeper into what they're planning to do to get this country working again. It's the media's job to expose as many holes as they can in their arguments and give the public a crystal clear understanding of exactly what each candidate is proposing, and I'm not crystal clear. We need to focus more than ever on substance, and put more pressure on the candidates to come up with real solutions.

    October 29, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  4. Avser Bastian

    NEW & RELOADED !! NOT ANTI WALL-STREET PROTESTS, BUT INSTEAD ANTI WHITES !!

    ANTI WALL-STREET PROTESTS ARE ALSO KNOWN UNDER ZIONIST "TRANSFER OF OWNERSHIP" IN AMERICA !! TRANSFER OF OWNERSHIP FROM HANDS OF WHITE AMERICANS TO SO CALLED "MINORITIES"(COMMUNISM)

    ANTI WALL-STREET PROTEST MOVEMENT IS LED BY SO CALLED "ANONYMOUS" !!

    HAHA...TELL ME WHO IS ANONYMOUS IN A POLICE STATE AND WHERE PEOPLE ARE SURVEILLANCED 24/7 !!? WHO !!? NOBODY !!! ABSOLUTELY NOBODY IS ANONYMOUS IN A POLICE STATE AND NOR ARE THOSE WHO MADE YOU PROTEST FOR THEIR SAKE OR WHAT MULTICULTURALISM IS !!! Wall street protesters are Obama's raise of the planet Apes army which spread from London per Zionist Washington DC and communist Moscow where new Stalin is in place – PUTIN !!!

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    THEY WERE MURDERING YOU WITH AND INSIDE OF THEIR CORPORATIONS FOR OVER 66 YEARS !!! THEY HAVE CLOSED DOWN ALMOST EVERY SMALL COMPANY(FARMS) IN UNITES STATES OF AMERICA AND NOW, THEY WANT YOU TO GO OUT THERE AND PROTEST FOR THEM AGAINST WALL STREET(corporations = Wall-street) !!!

    THEY CRIME CONTEMPLATED AGAINST US PER EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION FOR OVER 66 YEARS AND NOW, THEY WANT YOU TO RAISE COMMUNIST FLAG UNDER AMERICAN SKY !!! ONE RACE; RAT RACE(COMMUNISM) !!!

    IF YOU PROTEST(YOU SHOULD), MAKE SURE TO RAISE SIGN WHERE DISPLAYED I CITE "66 YEARS OF GENOCIDE AGAINST WHITES IS NO LONGER ACCEPTABLE" OR GET LOST HOME IF NOT ALREADY HOMELESS(I despise people who starve to death out there and are afraid to say out loud what is truth even while protesting...I despise people who only see themselves and do NOT care even about children of their own...children who will be turned one day in white refugees as seen on above video thanks to their parents who are awaiting...awaiting in fear to become homeless and what is inevitable at any given moment) !!!

    THIS NEWS IS RELATED TO

    WHITES AREN’T WELCOME IN AMERICA ANY LONGER !!! OUT OF AMERICA WITH WHITES NOW !!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xGfYOAydjw OR http://www.youtube.com/user/BostjanAvsec <== OBAMA'S HEALTH CARE RECORDED LIVE IN 2009 (EXILING WHITES AND IMPORTING NON WHITES). THIS IS THE MAIN REASONS PER WHY WALL-STREET PROTESTERS APPEARED(to cover up government crime/genocide against white population because Obama = Osama) BESIDE ALREADY MENTIONED "TRANSFER OF OWNERSHIP"(COMMUNISM).

    October 29, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • semper4tis

      The pharmacy called – your medication is ready for pickup.

      Also, the laundry called – your sheets are ready. They wanted to know if you wanted the eye holes sewn shut.

      Now SHOVE OFF!!!

      October 31, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
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