Rick Perry Turns Down Invitation To Trump Debate
Rick Perry became the fourth Presidential candidate to turn down an invitation to the Trump/Newsmax debate scheduled for December 27th. Via Politico, here’s the Perry campaign’s statement:
Governor Perry has talked to Donald Trump in recent days and respects him and the folks at NewsMax very much. There two debates in the next 7 days.
Traditional retail campaigning in the days and weeks leading up to the Iowa caucus is the Perry campaign’s top priority. In the coming weeks, Gov. Perry will be in Iowa almost continually, meeting with real voters, doing town hall meetings and events and talking American jobs, faith and overhauling Washington, DC to Iowa voters.
So we have respectfully declined the invitation for the December 27th debate.
This just leaves Michele Bachmann to be heard from (apparently Gary Johnson and Buddy Roemer were never included in the invitation), but Perry backing away from this would seem to make it less likely that she’ll say yes. At this point, I will be surprised if this debate goes forward.