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. banasy©

    He's probably at home, writing his fantasies, ang getting ready to cut, paste, and post, attributing them to me.
    It's quiet; let sleeping dogs lie.

    October 27, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Hi, gang.

    October 27, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ gung hoe:
    Sure–the Poulenc flute sonata is easy, and although I could get Sarah through it, I don't want to be in the Cabinet.
    I want the Big car.
    And "Hail to the Chief..."

    October 27, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. gung hoe

    @ jif ready dunta dum ta da dum ta da da da sorry jif best hail to da hineas ya gonna get out of me heil banasy you seem chipper

    October 27, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. santiago guerrero

    I wonder if these people understand,what is to be president of the United States?

    October 27, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. gung hoe


    October 27, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. the Prophet

    i rather attend a ganbag on election day rather then vote for Rick 4 years for one day as a lion is worth it

    October 27, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. delores

    anyone know who the person is that hates perry so much that he/she was able to convince him that he should run for president? How did he get elected in texas? this man is beyond ignorant. besides strutting his stuff looking like a cowboy with hemroids, what has he done for the state of texas? just wondering...

    October 27, 2011 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bobcat2u

    I just read a story on CNN main page that asked, Can Perry afford to pass on debates ?
    This sounds like a catch 22 for Perry.
    He can't afford not to debate, but he also doesn't seem to be able to hold his own in them either.
    I had heard that he was a good debater, but I sure haven't seen it.

    October 27, 2011 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  10. dragonex

    Perry is scary. He tends to depend on his advisers too much. When in a debate he can't find the correct words on his own to make a logical comment in the debate.

    October 27, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. bobcat2u

    Well, maybe in the next debate, he'll get lucky and they'll ask something he knows about.
    Sure can't imagine what that would be though.

    October 27, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  12. keb carerra

    Rick Perry does what he's told and if we didn't have the debates we wouldn't know how ignorant and bigoted he is. The energy companies love him and groomed him with ten years of sound bites. The debates are a real good thing. We don't need another Carl Rove moron running this country.

    October 27, 2011 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  13. gung hoe

    Couldnt be any worse than what we have now .Comeon now every time the advisors dont want obama to get attention they send out their best buddy biden let him do a couple speeches he sticks his foot in his mouth mission accomplished

    October 27, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. fernace

    Naa, gung hoe, I know you by now, you're just a big kidder! But ya know, I think this year the GOP-TP pulled out the stops to find the most clownish, least qualified for their presidential line up! The only guy I kinda like is John Huntsman & he's pretty much out of the race! I used to think Ron Paul had some sense, til he made that awful crack about uninsured people deserving to die! Trust me when I say, alot of Texans want Perry out of the governers office, but not so desperately that we'll sic him on the rest of the country! Y'all can thank us later!!

    October 27, 2011 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Bill

    This guy and Bachmann are clearly not presidential material. It's all well and good to suggest that an average guy or gal might be able to bring some much-needed ideas to the white house, but in truth it takes a whole lot more "preparation" to be the leader of the world's greatest nation with all it's imense complexities. These folks would be well advised to be active, vocal legislators where their sense of what the average guy on the street needs and wants can be utilized in passing laws, etc.

    October 28, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
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