It looks like Rick Perry is trying to regain some credibility: He's got a new ad out that has everyone talking about hate speech and cowboy fashion, he finally figured out when and what the caucuses are, and now he's decided to skip out on Donald Trump's after-Christmas debate. From his campaign…
"Governor Perry has talked to Donald Trump in recent days and respects him and the folks at NewsMax very much. There are two debates in the next seven 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, Governor 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, D.C., to Iowa voters.
"So we have respectfully declined the invitation for the Dec. 27 debate."
Of all the ways to say no to a rich media whore who may or may not decide to run for president himself, respectfully is the best way to go. Let Trump down easy. Say you have to wash your hair that night. Really! Perry has a lot of public appearances coming up and the coif has to be perfect.
Believe me, he'll understand.
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