Perry: Not worried about debates

Oct. 30, 2011 at 12:40 PM
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AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry says despite not being "the best debater in the world," he's not worried about going up against President Obama on stage.

"Well, I'm not worried a bit that I'll be able to stand on the stage with Barack Obama and draw a very bright line, a real contrast between an individual who's lost 2.5 million jobs for this country, someone who is signaling to our opponents when we're going to pull out of a particular war zone, an individual who has taken an experiment with the American economy and turned it into absolute Frankenstein experience," the Texas said in an interview on "Fox News Sunday." "I think I will stand on the stage and draw a clear contrast with Barack Obama."

Perry said he thinks the Republican 18 debates scheduled throughout the campaign season is way too many and he plans to skip some, though he confirmed signing up for the next five debates.

"I readily admit I'm not the best debater in the world. With as many debate as we got coming up, I may end up being a pretty good debater before it's all been said and done," he said.

Perry said his record as the governor of Texas should speak to the kind of success he will have a president.

"If you want to know how somebody is going to perform in the future, take a look at their past. And as governor of the state of Texas, we created more jobs in the state than any other state in the country. And I think that's what Americans are really interested in," he said. "We got a great debater, a smooth politician in the White House right now. That's not working out very good for America."

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