Rick Perry has come a long way since September, just not in the direction he wanted to go. On September 13 he polled at 31.8% according to realclearpolitics.com, but now holds a meager 11.6%. A distant third behind Cain (25.9%) and Romney (24.9%), Perry appeared on The O’Reilly Factor’s No Spin Zone last night to discuss the debates, his stance on issues, and even his relationship with Mitt Romney.
When asked by Bill O’Reilly about any mistakes he might have made that led to his lower numbers, Rick Perry stuttered and stammered his way through the following response:
“Well, I don’t think any body’s ever run the perfect campaign. And actually these debates are set up for nothing more than to tear down the candidates. It’s pretty hard to sit down and lay out your ideas and your concepts with a one-minute response. So, you know, if there was a mistake made it was probably ever doing one of these campaigns when all they’re interested in is stirring it up between the candidates in stead of really talking about the issues that are important to the American people.”
If you haven’t been able to watch the debates, there have been a few heated moments, and some chaotic moments, between the candidates. Most of the heated moments between Rick Perry and Mitt Romney, and most of the chaotic moments caused by Rick Perry interrupting and loudly shouting down the responses of other candidates (usually Mitt Romney). His poor performance agrees that ever doing the debates was definitely a mistake within his campaign. He showed little more than a hot temper and a childish response of aggression when faced with his own shortcomings, and I think that has been more educational for people during the last weeks than anything else to come from the debates.
As for his stance on issues, he continued to champion his “optional” tax system for individual income and his corporate tax reduction (which seems to be the same as Mitt Romney’s plan, just a lower number). He did agree that his wording in calling conservatives “heartless” with concern to government funding for educating illegal aliens, but also sang his own praise about his experience in securing the Texas border with Mexico.
When Bill O’Reilly suggested that there was a strain between Rick Perry and Mitt Romney, Rick Perry was politic enough not to take the bait. He did raise some questions about Mitt Romney’s pliable positions on life, marriage, and guns. “You can’t be for banning guns, and then all of a sudden be for the Second Amendment. You can’t be for the issue of abortion, and then you’re Pro Life. You can’t be on both sides of this issue.” He then added that about Mitt Romney, “I think in his words he says ‘You know, listen. I’m going to say whatever I need to say for whatever office I’m running for.’ That’s his words. That’s his words.” I looked everywhere to see if I could find the source for that quote, but without success. Neither the Perry nor the Romney camp could be reached for comment.