Election 2016

October 13, 2011

Is Perry the 'most laid-back Texan since Matthew McConaughey'?

The headline in the Los Angeles Times scored Tuesday night's Republican debate this way: "Romney No. 1, Cain 9-9-9, Perry 9-1-1." The description undiplomatically reflected a consensus of reviews proclaiming that Perry failed to deliver a breakout performance in a debate in which he was upstaged by Mitt Romney and Herman Cain, whose recent surge has made him Romney's current chief rival in the Republican nomination race. But analysts also generally agreed that Perry's performance, while lackluster, was not fatal.

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