Perry seems not to be able to make up his mind whether or not to participate in future debates. Jennifer Rubin at the Washington Post is right. “Really, the only reason I can think of for Perry to avoid the debates is the obvious one: He’s awful in them and can’t defend his own positions.”
If Perry bails out on debates, he won’t be President, period. He won’t have the luxury next fall to avoid debates. And if he shows up against Obama and is as terrible at debating then as he is now, Obama’s reelection will be assured. Debates still matter. Americans size up their candidates in head to head matchups. For Perry even to consider dropping out of debates is not a good sign for conservatives. Advantage Romney.