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article imagePerry to GOP: Don't choose the 'smoothest debater'

By Michael Krebs     Sep 24, 2011 in Politics
After a notably poor performance at the GOP presidential debate in Florida on Thursday night, Republican presidential candidate Texas Governor Rick Perry urged Party supporters not to choose the 'smoothest debater,' claiming he was tired.
As nationally televised and globally streamed presidential debates go, Republican presidential candidate Governor Rick Perry performed quite badly in Orlando, Florida on Thursday night.
But he had a message for the Republican Party: Don't choose the "smoothest debater" over him.
"As conservatives we know that values and vision matter. It’s not who is the slickest candidate or the smoothest debater that we need to elect. We need to elect the candidate with the best record and the best vision for this country," he told attendees at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Florida on Friday, according to The Hill. "The current occupant of the White House can sure talk a good game, but he doesn’t deliver."
Perry's speech on Friday at CPAC can be found here.
Conservatives appear to be moving away from Governor Perry, citing his poor performances at key GOP debates. However, Mr. Perry explained to his critics that he was "tired" at the time.
"Yeah, I just got tired...I was tired, exhausted, and everyone's throwing the junk at (me)," Perry said, according to a Politico report.
In the wake of Perry's lackluster impact, there have been renewed calls for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to consider a run for the White House, as Politico reported on Saturday.
And as the election season unfolds for Mr. Perry and the other Republican presidential candidates, two new surveys released on Saturday reflected Mitt Romney's dominance in New Hampshire, as CNN reported.
If Governor Perry's fortunes have changed, he will likely have to redirect the GOP's attention in time for the New Hampshire primary.
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