Perry expresses regret over taking part in debates
October 25th, 2011
10:43 PM ET
3 years ago

Perry expresses regret over taking part in debates

(CNN) – GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry said if he had made any mistakes thus far in the campaign, it was "probably ever doing one of the" debates.

"All they’re interested in is stirring it up between the candidates instead of really talking about the issues that are important to the American people," Perry said on Fox News Tuesday.

Answering criticism over his debate performances, the Texas governor has repeatedly said Americans weren't looking for the "slickest" candidate or the smoothest debater in the race.

Perry, who rolled out his flat-tax plan Tuesday in South Carolina, again said he used the wrong word when describing people who disagreed with him on immigration as "heartless."

He first dialed back his remark in late September after facing a strong reaction from within the GOP.

Perry originally made the comment at the Fox News/Google debate in Florida after taking heat for signing off on a Texas law that allows tuition credits to certain illegal immigrants at public universities.

In the interview Tuesday, Perry also took a shot at former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who sparred with Perry during the CNN Western Republican Presidential Debate last week in Las Vegas.

Continuing his attack on Romney as a flip-flopper, Perry said: "In his own words, he says 'Listen, I need to say whatever I need to say for whatever office I'm running for'."

Also see:

Perry to meet with S.C. governor

Perry on Obama: 'It's fun to poke at him'

Perry to meet with DeMint


Filed under: 2012 • Rick Perry
soundoff (437 Responses)
  1. Jaywing

    Bottom line folks - Rick Perry is all hat and no cattle - and, it's a tiny hat!

    October 26, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  2. Frank

    This guy just noticed that primary debates are internally destructive to the party? He is as dumb as he comes across.

    October 26, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  3. Richard Ryder

    Of course Perry regrets this...now we all know what a fool he is!! Who is he, the Wizard of Oz, hiding behind the curtain? Did he expect we would vote for him without seeing the Real Rick Perry? What a total imbecile...he not only sounds stupid, but he looks like a hayseed. America deserves better. We had a hayseed for 8 years, we don't need another one.

    October 26, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  4. NVa Native

    He is an IDIOT!!
    Anybody who supports him is an IDIOT!!
    Anybody who has voted for him is an IDIOT!!
    From this we can conclude that to live in Texass you are an IDIOT!!

    October 26, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  5. Mindie from Indie

    I imagine he'll get voted out as Gov'nor next cycle as well – and if the People of Texas do elect this moron as gov'nor again, – well Texas is the state with the least intelligent people, so....

    October 26, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  6. Lucy

    His biggest mistake is his stand on illegal immigration–no fence necessary, and providing in-state tuition at colleges to illegal aliens. Frankly, I don't think any of our politicians really get just how angry Americans are about the damage the unstemmed flood of illegal aliens has done and continues to do to our country. That buried him. If he hadn't participated in the debates nobody would have any clue what he's about and they wouldn't bother to find out. He's only upset about the debates because he didn't do well–even when he was one of the biggest pot-stirrers there.

    October 26, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  7. matt

    Better to stay silent and be thought a fool than to open ones mouth and prove oneself a foolish, murderous, racist.

    October 26, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  8. BooHoo4U

    Rick Perry- he can dish it out, but he sure can't take it!

    October 26, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  9. ddblah

    I think he regrets that the plumber was not there in the debates.

    One little advice: educate yourself, as your mom probably told you already.

    October 26, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  10. Steve Anderson

    If he thinks debating with THESE stiffs is tough, wait until he feels the pressure of an actual debate with someone who knows what he's talking about. What a pack of lightweight losers...

    October 26, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  11. Bermille

    He is about as able to run this country as Bush jr was since he is a Bush clone.

    October 26, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  12. Massive Attack

    Okay there's a Mormon, a black guy and a half-wit texan sitting at a bar. Texan says..... guys, this is hard.

    Perry, you whiner. You're so weak, you can't even fail right. You don't even succeed as a joke.

    October 26, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  13. Kevin

    So.....you regret taking part in the debates because "all they’re interested in is stirring it up between the candidates instead of really talking about the issues that are important to the American people"...

    First off, who are the "they" you are referring to?

    Second, you express regret when you were clearly trying to "stir things up" (your words) with your opponents, especially Romney...the very thing you say you wish would not occur;

    Third, you have the pulpit, the audience and the attention to put your plan for jobs out there to discuss "the issues that matter the most to the American people" (again, your words). Instead, you stir the pot.

    You, sir, are a hypocrite. You have demonstrated you are unqualified to lead. Unless you have a plan to put people back to work, please refrain from taking part in any further debates.

    @ C.R.C....really? that's all you have? Nothing constructive? Please leave your Mom & Dad's basement, go outside, get some air....you can replace your tinfoil hat at the neighborhood store.

    October 26, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  14. skyjmpr

    Jeez... and I thought his WIFE was the whiner in the family.

    October 26, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  15. Stacey

    Answering criticism over his debate performances, the Texas governor has repeatedly said Americans weren't looking for the "slickest" candidate or the smoothest debater in the race.

    lol! We're not looking for the dumbest or most ignorant either!

    October 26, 2011 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  16. Tom

    And his most recent mistake was making this pathetic comment.

    October 26, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  17. GoDuke95

    I think he finally realized what was meant by the old saying:

    "It's better to remain quiet and thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt".

    Unfortunately for him, he opened his mouth, and boy did that remove all doubt that he truly is a certified moron!

    October 26, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  18. anonymous010

    "All they’re interested in is stirring it up between the candidates instead of really talking about the issues that are important to the American people," Perry said on Fox News Tuesday.

    That's real mature. 'I got out of hand and interrupted the other candidates during their turns to speak, so it was the debates' fault, not mine.' Isn't responsibility the supposed tagline of the GOP? Seems like a pretty big double standard to me.

    October 26, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  19. Mike

    Huh? Perry is completely free during these so-called debates to "talk about the issues that are important to the American people..." So what's he griping about? GET THE COUNTRY MOVING AGAIN. VOTE OUT OBSTRUCTIONIST REPUBS AND TP'ers IN 2012.

    October 26, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  20. john

    what a joke.

    October 26, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  21. Dirk Waldon

    This guy needs to stay in TEX-ASS where they all sounds this stupid. And where they rather kill people on death role even if the person IS innocent.

    October 26, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  22. Salvador Garcia

    If You can't stand the heat RICKY. Get Out of the Kitchen!

    October 26, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  23. hjs3

    One excuse after the other, never prepared, seldom if ever fully answers a question or for that matter truthfully but instead relies on bumper-sticker or smarmy frat-boy remarks. AS such appears to be unprepared, juvenile and clearly not ready for prime time.....Sorry "pard" you just ain't got the chops to swim in these waters....

    October 26, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  24. Perry Perry quite contrary

    This man should do him and us a favor and STHU. VOTE EM OUT!

    October 26, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  25. 4F

    The lead-in for this article stated "Perry expressed regret". I immediately completed the sentence in my mind before looking at the article. Here is what I thought. Perry expressed regret because he left one stone unturned.

    October 26, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
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