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. Darrier

    I liked Perry at first. However, I get the impression from the debates that the man can't think for himself. If he can't articulate his positions in real time, that tells me he relies far too much on his advisors to create policy. For a man who seems vulnerable to cronyism, that's a dangerous combination.

    October 27, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bobcat2u

    Yestertday, all his troubles seemed so far away. But then he entered the race for POTUS.
    It'll never happen dude. We already have seen what the cowboys do.

    October 27, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. gung hoe

    I sooo agree with darrier.Thats what we have in the whitehouse now .We dont need anything similar to obama

    October 27, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. 4MillyR


    Where are you Philip King of Babble on?

    October 27, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    Rick Perry who?

    Its more fun hearing pearls of wisdom falling from the mouth of Koch bros bro' Cain or the God's gift to America brother Romney.

    October 27, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Portland Tony

    Being a Governor doesn't necessarily make you the top pol in the pile!

    October 27, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    "GORGEOUS BEUTIFUL NAKED WOMEN." Now that I have your attention. The comments in this article thread are very colorful. But you have to admit, this administrations act in ALL the economic damage they created, and continue to make, IS NOT EASY TO UNDO. So when Hermain Cain, Rick Perry, Michelle Bachmann come along with a viable solution....LISTEN AND GIVE IT SOME THOUGHT.

    October 27, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • drdiane50

      Those 3 you mention have not come up with ANY reasonable, rational ideas; you expose your own paucity of ideas ( and brain cells) by even suggesting that any of them have a viable plan.

      October 27, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Frank

    People of the United States of America.
    Gov Perry is unfortunetly to "Southern Fried" to win in 2012.
    Rommey for President and Cain for VP is a balanced ticket that has a chance of winning.

    October 27, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. vernelle burkins

    Perry needs to sit this one out and stay home Where he belong

    October 27, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Austin Malbert

    Perry needs to come up with better information to tell his people i agree with vernelle burkins he should sit this one out

    October 27, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Republicans do not have a good presidential prospect whom they are encouraging to run.
    I know one who is never mentioned.
    Nevertheless, I find the concept of a Perry presidency particularly scary.
    We might survive...uh, even Palin, before Perry.
    Her staff would discreetly keep her harmless.
    She could play her flute at state dinners.
    Maybe Ms. Rice would come in and accompany her. The Poulenc sonata, perhaps.

    October 27, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. fernace

    I just hope he doesn't come back to Texas thinking he can pick up where he left off! By the way Texans are not dumb, we're out numbered by rich, fundamental Christian Tea Partiers, those that vote for & support men like Perry, who truly is all hat & no cattle!!

    October 27, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. gung hoe

    Hi jif hows goin what you suggested I found amusing perhaps even doable.If that were to happen mayby you could join her on stage ,mayby get a cabinet seat afterwards

    October 27, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  14. gung hoe

    @ fernace are you sure because thats the impression your politicians leave.So what are we supposed to think

    October 27, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. gung hoe

    @fernace just kiddin hope i had ya goin for the moment haha

    October 27, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
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