BLITZER'S BLOG: Perry, Romney and Reagan
October 19th, 2011
03:37 PM ET
11 years ago

BLITZER'S BLOG: Perry, Romney and Reagan

(CNN) - What struck me most about Rick Perry’s verbal assault on Mitt Romney at the CNN Western Republican Debate in Las Vegas was its contrast to the way Ronald Reagan used to conduct himself during debates.

The late president would never have gone after a fellow Republican in such a direct, personal way. If Reagan were going to attack a fellow Republican on something like the alleged hiring of illegal immigrants for lawn service, he would have had his aides handle it. He would have personally stayed away from the charge.

Filed under: CNN Debate • Rick Perry • Ronald Reagan
soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Reagan was simply outfoxing his opponents into not openly criticizing his flaws. Reagan had the unstoppable advantage of name recognition, but his political record was pretty spotty. By convincing his opponents to not criticize, that left them with no leverage to pull Reagan down, nor pull themselves up.

    October 19, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  2. patricia

    When one brags, one sets oneself up for a fall. All you have to do is state your case in a clear and consise manner and let the chips fall where they may go.

    October 19, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  3. MARY

    Personally, I liked the way Romney handled himself during the debate and in this instance in particular.
    Americans have long been seen as too arrogant and belligerent in the view of the global community–and to our detriment. I am proud of our country and confident in it's strength, values, unselfishness and ingenuity. Give me leader who reflects that in his or her steady, thoughtful, creative and intelligent response to any challenge!

    October 19, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Romney conducted himself like a middle school child of privilege last night. His thin skin showed through his teflon exterior, and we got to see the real Mittens. I would not even want this man in charge of a fruit and vegetable stand.

    October 19, 2011 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  5. JackSing

    No other candidates were at the debate apparently – according to this Wolf Blitzer blog. Where can I see a report on a debate will all the GOP candidates?

    October 19, 2011 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |