I am loving me some Rick Perry, but as an untrained professional debate watcher, I have a bit of advice:
Do SOMETHING about those ‘in between’ moments when you think you are not in the camera shot! You showed more smirks, sighs, snores, and eyebrow raises than Larry King with a belly full of gas.
Now we all know this was a CNN production and the producer and director(s) were doing their best to make you look like a goofy cowman from that backward state down south, but you did your part to make their job so easy! I suspect some of these ‘faces’ are your way of concentrating or filtering information – and the other candidates were out for blood last night. But Gov Rick: you’re in the shot and they are going to keep you there. Look interested, smile more, grimace when something uncomfortable is mentioned by one of the other candidates, and do more to stay in the conversation even when you’re not speaking. Everyone is gunning for you, Governor! Stay a step ahead but most importantly, stay AWAKE!
From Rasmussen Reports, August 16, 2011:
Texas Governor Rick Perry, the new face in the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, has jumped to a double-digit lead over Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann with the other announced candidates trailing even further behind.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Republican Primary voters, taken Monday night, finds Perry with 29% support. Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who ran unsuccessfully for the GOP presidential nomination in 2008, earns 18% of the vote, while Bachmann, the Minnesota congresswoman who won the high-profile Ames Straw Poll in Iowa on Saturday, picks up 13%.
Texas Congressman Ron Paul, who was a close second to Bachmann on Saturday, has the support of nine percent (9%) of Likely Primary Voters, followed by Georgia businessman Herman Cain at six percent (6%) and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich with five percent (5%). Rick Santorum, former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, and ex-Utah Governor Jon Huntsman each get one percent (1%) support.