Rick Santorum and his campaign spokesman had this to say:
“I thought Texas governors were supposed to be tough. How can Gov. Perry expect anyone to trust he can take on Obama and the Democratic machine, when he thinks debating his fellow Republicans is too tough?" said Santorum spokesman Hogan Gidley. "This just shows he doesn't have what it takes to lead the American people in taking back our Country in 2012.”The Fix's Chris Cillizza had this to say:
Later, at an education forum sponsored by the College Board and News Corp. in Manhattan, Santorum himself went further, saying, "Hiding from the public by skipping debates and skipping forums is trying to hide the ball."
"I would never skip a debate," he said, adding that Perry was trying to "hide behind $15 million" of "slick ads."
If Perry doesn’t participate in a series of debates, voters just starting to tune into the race will be greeted with scads of media coverage about whether he is running away from former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney. Not exactly a good introduction to Perry.Perry and his campaign know that the debates allows not only voters the opportunity to see what the candidate knows, but also how he REACTS UNDER PRESSURE.
Unfortunately for Perry, it's a little late for that.
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