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
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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